As Rangers prepare to host Aberdeen on an emotional night at Ibrox, Walter Smith’s passing has certainly altered the club’s preparations, especially in the press.

The death of the legendary former Rangers manager at 72 has sent a shockwave through the club and as a result, press obligations were suspended ahead of the match.

Instead, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard gave an emotional tribute regarding Smith and the Ibrox manager praised the legendary boss for helping to make him a “better person”.

The tributes have been flooding in from across football and fans are preparing for an emotional night against the Dons.

But given the lack of insight into Rangers’ preparations it remains unclear if the hotly anticipated return of Ryan Kent will come against Aberdeen.

Rangers’ £7m man can be the brightest spark in the Ibrox side and excitement is building in the Ibrox support about Kent’s imminent return.

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However, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard admitted that it could be the weekend’s clash with Motherwell before the Gers fans see their man back in action.

That’s after the club had to slow down the player’s recovery from a hamstring knock sustained against Lyon in September.

“We’ve had to slow down on Ryan slightly,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

“He had a decent hamstring injury in there, in a real tricky area. When we’ve been really close to having him back with the team, we’ve just had a little signal that we have to come back off him for three, four, maybe five days.

“We are hoping to have him available around the Aberdeen game (next Wednesday). If not, it will be the one after (against Motherwell).”

A lack of press information means that Gers fans will have to wait until the team and squad is announced to see if Ryan Kent is back in the side.

Rangers fans praised manager Steven Gerrard for his emotional tribute to Walter Smith as the club mourns the loss of a legend.

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