In a major blow ahead of Sunday’s Premiership fixture against St Mirren, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard confirmed that Ryan Kent is still unavailable due to injury [RangersTV].

Kent has missed over a month of action after picking up a hamstring injury in a Europa League defeat to Lyon in mid-September.

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A gutted Ryan Kent exits the pitch in the rain at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He’s missed seven matches in all competitions so far and he won’t be in the squad that travels to Paisley at the weekend.

Last week, Gerrard predicted that Kent would return to training after Saturday’s meeting with Hearts in the league, raising hopes that he could play some part against Brondby a few days later.

Yet, he missed that game and the manager confirmed during his pre-St Mirren press conference on Friday morning that the 24-year-old has suffered a setback in his recovery.

“We’ve had to slow down on Ryan, slightly,” he said [RangersTV]. “He had a decent hamstring injury in there in a real tricky area and when we’ve been really close to having him back in there with the team, we’ve had a little signal that we’ve had to come back off him for maybe three to four or maybe five days.”

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“We’re hoping to have him available around the Aberdeen game but if not, it’ll be the one after [Motherwell away].”

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Gerrard confirmed an injury blow for Rangers’ trip to St Mirren. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard delivers Kent blow ahead of Rangers vs St Mirren

Kent wasn’t in top form prior to his injury but his combination of pace and trickery makes him a major asset for Gerrard.

Rangers were very good against Brondby on Thursday night but without Kent, they lacked the ability to get in behind the opposition, at least until Fashion Sakala was introduced off the bench late on in the second half.

St Mirren away is always a tricky fixture and Gerrard will no doubt be gutted not to have the ex-Liverpool starlet to call upon, while based on the tone of this update, a return against Aberdeen next week also looks unlikely.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans have praised a key first-team player for a hilarious interview after the Brondby game.

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