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‘High hopes’: Scotland director Malky Mackay predicts exciting future for Kai Kennedy

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‘High hopes’: Scotland director Malky Mackay predicts exciting future for Kai Kennedy

Malky Mackay also praised Dapo Mebude and Josh McPake.

Malky Mackay has tipped Rangers wonderkid Kai Kennedy for a successful future for both club and country, The Scottish Sun reports.

Kennedy played a starring role as Scotland U19s beat Germany 1-0 to seal top spot in their qualifying group. The 17-year-old impressed while Rangers team-mate Josh McPake scored the winner.

Mackay, who is the Performance Director for the Scottish FA, is keeping his tabs on Kennedy’s progress. He feels that he can develop into a future star for the national side. Rangers could have a gem on their hands, according to Mackay.

 

Mackay on Kennedy

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Mackay said (via The Scottish Sun): “I thought Kai got more and more confident as the second half went on against Germany. As Billy [Stark] said, Kai Kennedy, Dapo [Mebude] and Josh McPake showed real belief.

“He did really well to buy the foul for his free-kick in the second half and the shot was very well executed, just hitting the post with the keeper maybe getting a wee touch on it. Technically, he is very good. He did very well for us over in Turkey last month with Billy’s under-18s team that beat Paraguay.

“We have high hopes for him and I’m sure Rangers have high hopes for him.”

TBR’s view

Kennedy is an exciting young player and part of a talented crop of Scottish starlets. Beating Germany at any level is no mean feat so these Scotland U19 players can be proud of their efforts.

He is already making a name for himself in the Rangers academy but Kennedy is now making a splash on the international scene. The Rangers teenager is one to watch for the future.

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