Rangers winger Ryan Kent will be sent for a scan to assess a hamstring injury after pulling up in the 2-0 defeat to Olympique Lyonnais at Ibrox.

The Gers started their Europa League group stages with defeat against Group A’s top seeds as Lyon’s superior quality and ruthlessness overcame Steven Gerrard’s side.

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Rangers winger Ryan Kent was forced off with a hamstring injury as the Gers fell to defeat against Lyon. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There were moments of encouragement for Rangers on what will be amongst the toughest opposition they face this season but a lack of concentration at key times cost the club.

Ryan Kent – whose season has been somewhat held back by a niggling injury – pulled up midway through the second half after a fairly innocuous sprint down the left-hand side.

Clutching the back of his leg, the £7m signing from Liverpool raised his arm, took to the deck and was almost immediately replaced by Kemar Roofe.

Whilst the 24-year-old winger’s form has been stumbling, Kent is a highly influential and generally reliable figure in this Rangers side so any extended absence would serve as a major blow.

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Speaking after the match, Rangers gaffer Steven Gerrard tempered any immediate fears but confirmed the knock concerned the player’s hamstring.

 

“We’ll have to assess it,” said Gerrard [RangersTV].

“He’ll be sent for a scan in the next 24 hours, there’s a hamstring complaint but obviously we won’t know the extent of that but that’s another frustrating part of the night.

“But we’ve got a good medical team so hopefully we’ll get him back as soon as possible.”

Next up for Rangers in the Europa League is a trip to the Czech Republic to face Sparta Prague as the Gers look to get their European campaign up and running this season.

Meanwhile, injury to another key player in the squad presents an opportunity to an often-criticised squad member on the fringes of the side.

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