Ryan Kent may not be named in the Rangers starting XI until next month as the club take no chances with his comeback, Football Insider understands.
Steven Gerrard revealed last weekend that the winger was “close” to being back in training after tearing his hamstring against Livingston in his first match back at the club.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Rangers don’t expect Kent to be able to start a match for a few more weeks as he works his way back to full fitness at their training headquarters.
The club plan to gradually phase the 22-year-old back into the team with a couple of substitute appearances after the international break.
Gerrard and his coaching staff don’t want to repeat their mistake of rushing Kent back in before his body is able to cope with the intensity of first-team football.
He 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 the 3-1 win over Livingston last month.
The attacker had been slotted straight into the Rangers starting XI by Gerrard for his first appearance of the season following a protracted move from Liverpool.
Rangers have coped well without Kent and top the Scottish Premiership table after eight matches.
But the winger’s pace and directness offer a different threat to their other players and the club’s supporters are eagerly anticipating his return to action.
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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