By Wayne Veysey

Ryan Kent is set to be sidelined until mid-October in a shattering blow for Rangers, Football Insider understands.

The winger, 22, limped out of the first match of his second spell at the club after just 41 minutes and was almost in tears as he limped to the sidelines at Ibrox during yesterday’s 3-1 win over Livingston.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that initial assessment from the club’s medical team are that Kent has a hamstring strain that will keep him out for at least three weeks.

Kent will undergo a scan on the injury in the next 48 hours to determine the extent of the damage to the muscle sustained on his playing comeback.

The attacker was slotted straight into the Rangers starting XI by Steven Gerrard for his first appearance of the season following a protracted move from Liverpool.

But he did not see out the opening period at Ibrox as he received treatment before it was decided he could not carry on, with fellow new signing Brandon Barker replacing him.

The Anfield academy product was signed in the final hours of the Scottish transfer window at the start of the month for a fee of £6.5million rising to a potential £7.5million.

It was the second highest transfer fee in Rangers’ history and their biggest outlay for nearly two decades.

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