Steven Gerrard has ruled Ryan Kent out of contention for tomorrow night’s match against Spartak Moscow with a hamstring problem.
The tricky winger has become a major part of how Rangers play in recent weeks and it’s a big blow for the club. But with every injury comes an opportunity for someone to step up.
Here’s three players Gerrard could look to in order to fill the void left by the Liverpool loanee.
The obvious choice for the left-wing berth. Grezda hasn’t really had a run of form since he joined the club, but now at full fitness, the tricky Albanian could finally get his chance to show fans why Rangers paid £2m for him in the Summer. He was also painfully unlucky not to break his duck in the first tie at Ibrox.
Glenn Middleton burst on to the scene earlier in the season and has already proved himself on the European stage. He laid on an inch perfect pass for Borna Barisic to set up Kyle Lafferty’s equaliser. Still young, this would be a real baptism of fire for his first European start. Could see him later on in Moscow, but unlikely to be the first choice.
Not as big a long shot as you think. The versatile Halliday has played on the left wing before whilst at Bradford City. He even managed a goal in a famous 4-2 victory from Chelsea from that position. Gerrard has already said that the midfielder can play anywhere. If need be, the Rangers manager will have no issue shifting the left footed Bluenose out to the wing to stand in for Ryan Kent.