Gers’ sigh of relief as Kent leaves punishment after sending out off
Ryan Kent is totally free to start Rangers’ domestic campaign after French disciplinary officials validated they would not be reporting the winger’s red card versus Lyon to their Hampden counterparts.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard feared he could be without his ₤ 7m man for his side’s opening 2 Scottish Premiership matches after he was dispatched at the Groupama Stadium on Thursday night.
Kent was dismissed prior to half-time as he responded madly to being goaded by the French club’s Brazilian protector Marcelo with a petulant slap.
Had the French Football Federation chose to forward on referee Karim Abed’s report to the Scottish Football Association, it would have left the previous Liverpool gamer gazing at a two-game restriction for violent conduct – ruling him out of Rangers’ opening journey to Aberdeen and their first home video game against St Mirren.
Celtic discovered themselves in a similar circumstance last season when defender Jozo Simunovic sat out the Hoops’ very first two league components after being sent off in a warm-up clash with St Gallen.
However Kent will not face a comparable suspension after the FFF confirmed they “do not plan to report the red card to the Scottish Association”.
Earlier, a Rangers source had actually stated that the club anticipate “no problems moving on”, with Kent also complimentary to deal with Nice in their final Veolia Trophy clash today.
Kent’s sending-off was the only negative as Rangers stepped up their pre-season schedule with an impressive 2-0 win over Rudi Garcia’s team.
And Ibrox skipper James Tavernier has praised the club’s children for the part they played as the 10-man Light Blues ground out victory.
Gerrard’s team finished with a back four consisting of academy hires Nathan Paterson, Ross McCrorie and Lewis Mayo plus their 20-year-old summer signing from Leicester, Calvin Bassey.
Tavernier said: “You want the young boys to discover off all of us and find out off the coaches and make a claim on their own. It’s their career, they’ve got whatever in their hands to be excellent players, so I was pleased for them and the way they’ve performed themselves during this video game.
” Nathan and Calvin, Rossco, who’s been on loan and he’s got his experience, and I believed Mayo was really great, he was strong at the back. Truly pleased with them.
” I believed it was a good test for the young boys and the bulk of the game we handled it truly well.
” We got ourselves in front, scored 2 excellent objectives and could have scored more. Every male who came on and started the video game was great.
” The young kids did a job for the group and the gaffer was really happy with the performance.”