By Joe Ellis

4th Aug, 2022 | 4:42pm

Rangers: Ryan Kent in race against time to face Kilmarnock, John Souttar out

Rangers will be without defender John Souttar for the visit of Kilmarnock to Ibrox on Saturday but Ryan Kent could yet be involved.

The exciting winger picked up a knock away at Livingston on the opening day of the Scottish Premiership season and therefore missed the midweek trip to Royal Union Saint Gilloise in the Champions League.

Souttar, meanwhile, was also left at home for the 2-0 defeat in Belgium but his return date is not yet set with the recently-signed defender set to undergo tests on his own injury.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is hopeful that Kent will be ready for Killie’s visit but does have confidence that the return leg of the Champions League tie is the latest he will be back fit.

“Ryan had a bad moment on Saturday when he had some problems with his ankle,” the manager said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “Hopefully, he will be better for Saturday or Tuesday. John also has a problem so we are assessing him.”

Natural

Small niggles like these are a common occurrence at the start of every season as players’ bodies adjust to the frantic nature of competitive football after months away from that environment.

Luckily for van Bronckhorst, the Rangers squad is filled with talent in every position and even if Kent is not fit to play Kilmarnock, someone like Scott Wright or Fashion Sakala can come in to replace him and the team won’t be much worse off.

Souttar’s absence is a little harder to predict as he has only played one game for the club since his summer arrival from Hearts and he didn’t cover himself in glory at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Ben Davies is another new recruit and could be the man to take his place at the back although Leon King is also knocking on the door for first-team football having come through the ranks at Auchenhowie to play a handful of games last season.

In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd was incredibly angry at the performance in Belgium and did not hold back while reporting for Sky Sports.