Rangers handed double Champions League blow in hunt for £40m jackpot


Rangers handed double Champions League blow in hunt for £40m jackpot

Rangers have been handed a major double blow heading into the club’s Champions League qualifying clash with Union Saint Gilloise amid injuries to John Souttar and Ryan Kent.

Both players did not travel with the Rangers team to Belgium for the Champions League qualifier and the club will now be without the pair as they aim for group stage qualification.

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With a reported £40m on the line [Herald], not to mention the prestige of Champions League qualification, there is plenty of pressure on Rangers heading into the tie.

Rangers feel Ryan Kent and John Souttar Champions League blow

This is something that is intensified by the absence of Ryan Kent in particular, with the influential winger being considered such a key player for Rangers in these matches.

A big game player who regularly comes up big for the club at home and abroad, according to reports the winger is carrying a knock from the win over Livingston with the issue not believed to be serious.

However, the Champions League clash against Union Saint Gilloise has come a little too soon for the player who is expected to return to the fold for the match with Kilmarnock at the weekend.

Despite this, Heart & Hand are reporting that new signings and defenders Ridvan Yilmaz and Ben Davies are included in the squad.

The loss of Ryan Kent is a big blow to Rangers and is also supplemented with the loss of Scotland international defender John Souttar.

The 25-year-old centre-back had a disappointing debut in the 2-1 win over Livingston – and was fiercely defended by vice-captain Connor Goldson in the aftermath – but it is injury which will prevent him taking part in the match against Union Saint Gilloise.

That’s according to the likes of the Glasgow Times, who are reporting the defender has a “slight knock” after the weekend’s clash with the Lions.

The pair join Filip Helander and Kemar Roofe – who have been left out of the squad completely – on the injury list with Alfredo Morelos also a doubt despite returning to training.

Rangers fans are expecting the club to do better than last season’s attempt at Champions League group stage qualification, the club falling at the QR3 hurdle to Malmo.

One player’s Champions League snub has also been explained by manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst as the defender heads for the Ibrox exit door.

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