No Rangers reunion for Michael Beale with Ryan Kent amid Turkey collapse

No Rangers reunion for Michael Beale with Ryan Kent amid Turkey collapse
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 13: Michael Beale, Head Coach of Rangers FC, looks on prior to the Cinch Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 13, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers will not be enjoying a quick reunion with departed Ryan Kent and his Fenerbahçe side in the Champions League qualifying rounds after Turkey fell below Scotland in the coefficient and lost a massive place in the Champions League, and all places in the Europa League.

This means that instead of the previously-expected second round of Europe’s premier competition for Kent’s new employer, they have to be content with the lowly qualifiers of Europe’s lowest competition in the form of the Conference League.

It marks a big drop for Kent, used to Europa League campaigns at the very least, and of course one ill-fated run in the Champions League, but with his new teammates he has to make do with the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League, which is an absolute nothing competition to say the minimal.

Kent would have gone to Turkey for the superior league standard, but also for the surefire Champions League entry in the second round, with at least a parachute into the Europa League.

Sadly for Rangers’ departed winger, he will be settling for the absolute barren wasteland of the Conference League which is so weak even a mediocre West Ham, staving off relegation domestically, won it pretty easily.

So there will be no reunion as previously possible thanks to Fenerbahçe in the second round and potentially meeting Rangers where we begin in the third round.

No, Kent faces a major downgrade in European opponents and level, and maybe this is an example of grass not being greener?

One look at the clubs in the Conference League is some idea of how bad it is: Gent, Kyiv, Lille and Cluj are the top seeds, the best it has to offer. Rangers were mauling better teams than this in the Europa League.

Still, Kent made his choice.

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