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PREMIERSHIP REWIND 2: GERRARD: ‘RYAN WILL BE MISSING FOR AT LEAST A FEW WEEKS’: HOLT: ‘PROUD AS PUNCH’

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RYAN KENT is OUT of Rangers’ Europa League group opener against Feyenoord at Ibrox on Thursday.

And boss Steven Gerrard has revealed the £7million winger, who limped off in the 3-1 win over Livingston yesterday, could be sidelined for “at least a few weeks”.

Kent, 22, was hoping to make a huge impression on his return to the club after last season’s successful loan stint from Liverpool.

Gerrard, speaking to BBC Sport, admitted: “It’s a blow for Ryan, a blow for me, a blow for all of the supporters. He’s trained well all week and looked ready to go. Unfortunately, these things happen in football, but that’s the only disappointing thing to come out of today.

“We’ll assess it in the coming days, but I predict Ryan will be missing for at least a few weeks.”

The Gers came from behind to claim the points to remain three adrift of leaders Celtic who had beaten Hamilton Accies 1-0 through a James Forrest strike earlier in the day.

Steven Lawless’ penalty gave Livi the lead, but second-half goals from Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier turned the contest upside down and after the red card for the visitors’ Lyndon Dykes, Brandon Barker hit the killer goal.

Gerrard added: “At half-time, I put it on a few of my matchwinners and said: ‘Come on, we’ve got 45 minutes to win a game – that’s your challenge’.

“Unfortunately, we took another setback, so having not got the early goal and conceding the penalty, the challenge became even more difficult and complicated.

“But I think that provoked us into our best. I think from going a goal down we were excellent, looked really dangerous and could have scored a few more.

“Over the course of the 90 minutes, we certainly deserved to win, but we weren’t at our best.”

GARY HOLT, the beaten Livi manager, speaking to the Sunday Mail, added: “I am proud as punch, I asked them to stand here toe to toe and be big and bold.

“When you come to a place like this you need the small decisions to go in your favour. First goal for them, I don’t think it was a free-kick, I thought Marvin won the ball and he got it clean.

“With Lyndon, I don’t think it was a second yellow – it was very harsh. He has not gone up and threw his elbow, he contested the ball in the air and if we are going to get them then it will be eight or nine men every week.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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