RYAN Kent has vowed to use the international break to get in peak condition for Rangers’ massive Europa League meeting with Sparta Prague at Ibrox later this month after making his long-awaited comeback from injury.

The winger, who has been sidelined for almost two months with a hamstring problem, came on in the second-half of the Group A match against Brondby in Denmark on Thursday night and helped the Scottish champions secure a 1-1 draw.

The result moved Steven Gerrard’s side level with Sparta on points in their section and set up a mouth-watering tie against the Czech club in Govan on Thursday, November 25.

Kent admitted that not being able to play for so long had been tough for him - but he is delighted to be fit again and is determined to back to his very best when the match with Pavel Vrba’s team comes around.

“It’s quite tough watching from the side, especially for two months,” he told Rangers TV. “I am raring to go.

“It’s been a tough period. At the start of the season I was carrying a few niggles so it’s nice to get them sort of ironed out and really glad to be back on the pitch.

“I’ve been doing a lot of extensive work, working really hard in the gym and out on the training field to prep me to get back and straight into it again.

“I let the boys take care of things. We are top of the league, we are in a great position and we have everything to fight for in the Europa League. So when you look at it on paper, we have been doing really well.

“Possibly the international break will give me some extended time to maybe work on a few more things like getting up to match speed. It will be an important period for me.”

Kent is hopeful that Rangers can defeat Sparta, who beat them 1-0 in the Czech Republic back in September, and reach the knockout rounds of the Europa League for the third season running. 

“I felt we were unfortunate not to come away with a win last night because I felt we played really well in the second half,” he said. “We still had chances in the first half.”

“It sets up an exciting night in a few weeks, that’s what the Europa League is all about. These are exciting games that we come across and it’s really set up to be an exciting game against Sparta.

“Every player wants to play at the highest level in football. Europe is certainly one of those, if you can showcase your ability on the pitch then it sets you up for the future for sure.”