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
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.”
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.