Steven Gerrard has confirmed a Rangers blow ahead of Saturday’s Premiership fixture against Hearts, with Ryan Kent ruled out, but it wasn’t all bad news from the presser [Rangers FC Twitter].

Key player Kent has been out of action since 16 September when he picked up a hamstring injury in a Europa League defeat to Lyon.

Rangers FC v Olympique Lyon: Group A - UEFA Europa League

Kent was forced off in the second half against Lyon. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In an update given on 24 September, Gerrard suggested that Kent could be ready to return in ‘three or four weeks’ time, after the international break [Glasgow Times].

Much to the disappointment of many Bears, three weeks on, the 24-year-old isn’t ready for action.

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However, Saturday’s fixture against Hearts is just one of a number of important matches between now and the end of the month, and the manager has suggested that both Kent and long-term absentee Ryan Jack could feature again sooner rather than later.

“Kent is very close and we hope to have him back training after the weekend,” he said [Rangers FC Twitter].

“Jack is not too far away and will be back in a couple of weeks.”

Royal Antwerp FC v Rangers FC - UEFA Europa League

Rangers boss Gerrard confirmed a blow for the Hearts clash but suggested both Kent and Jack are nearing returns. (Photo by Herman Dingler/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Supporters have heard the ‘couple of weeks’ line a number of times before with Jack, but based on his recent Instagram activity, there does appear to be a real belief that he’ll soon be back strutting his stuff in the famous shirt.

Getting Kent and Jack back at roughly the same time would provide a huge double boost to a side that has been grinding out results domestically without managing to get close to top gear.

Kent was directly involved in 28 goals across all competitions last season while Jack offers steel, experience and quality in the middle of the park.

In other news, a Rangers starlet was spotted at Ibrox on Thursday as his first-team graduation appears to move closer

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