By Saikat Mandal

7th Aug, 2022 | 8:10am

Giovanni van Bronckhorst shares fitness update on Ryan Kent

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is hopeful that Rangers winger Ryan Kent will be ready to play the crucial second leg against Union Saint Gilloise next week.

The Gers winger was absent in Saturday’s Scottish Premiership clash where the home side won 2-0, with goals coming from Antonio Colak and Alfredo Morelos.

The Dutchman has suggested that the Kilmarnock game came “too early” for Kent. Rangers lost 2-0 in the first leg against Union Saint Gilloise.

“We want to have everyone on board for Tuesday,” said Van Bronckhorst to BBC, as shared by The Daily Record.

“Today was too early for Ryan. He has been working hard, so I have a reasonable hope that he will be involved on Tuesday.”

Huge game

Rangers will be heavily boosted by the return of Morelos. The Colombian was out of action for a long time but it seems he didn’t lose his touch.

He scored after coming from the bench and will be looking to do the same in the Champions League qualifier.

This is a big dilemma for the Dutchman, whether to start with Morelos or keep Colak who scored his first goal for the club. However, the situation with Kent is a bit different.

The Scottish giants need him for the crucial game in midweek. Last season, we have seen, Ibrox turned into a fortress for the club in big European games.

Some of the best performances in Europe from Rangers have come at Ibrox last season, and Van Bronckhorst will be hoping for another heroic effort from his players.

The margin can be reduced. Last season, the Gers defeated teams like Borussia Dortmund and they can score against any side at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer