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Rangers talent earns comparison with Ibrox legends Davie Cooper and Willie Johnston

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Rangers talent earns comparison with Ibrox legends Davie Cooper and Willie Johnston

Glasgow Rangers prodigy Kai Kennedy has been compared to Ibrox legends Davie Cooper and Willie Johnston by John Robertson.

The 18-year-old broke into the Rangers first-team setup last season but an alleged disagreement with Steven Gerrard over playing time saw him change clubs in October.

Kennedy, whose Gers contract expires next summer, linked up with Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a loan stint until January, and to date, he has made six appearances in all competitions.

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More recently, Glasgow Live reported that productive discussions are ongoing between player and parent club, with a clear pathway to the first team shown to Kennedy.

The outlet also claimed that, while a deal isn’t close, both parties are willing to sit down and hold further talks in the coming weeks and months.

While this is ongoing, Kennedy continues to impress for Caley, and manager Robertson couldn’t sing the youngster’s praises highly enough.

“I’ll show my age – I think he goes back to the tanner ball player we know in Scotland, such as Jimmy Johnstone, Willie Johnston and Davie Cooper,” he told the Press and Journal.


“He beats people for fun and gets out of tight situations – he’s a crowd pleaser. Even in training when we see him getting the ball, he excites us.

“He goes past players and we think he’s going to lose it, then the next minute he wriggles away and he has created something.

“Kai at times looks like a wee ragamuffin as he just bounces about, but he goes past people and excites people. That’s the type of player we wanted to come.

“He suits our style of play, which was a big reason why Rangers let him come to us. They know we attempt to play good football on the ground.

“Having someone with Kai’s physique, it was important he played in a team that suited his style.”

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Kennedy is a very highly rated young player, who Gerrard previously described as “outstanding” and a “fabulous little player”.

It was worrying to hear earlier this year that he was reportedly out of favour at Ibrox and looked like he was potentially heading for the exit door permanently.

However, the latest reports seem to suggest things are back on track, and hopefully he’ll commit his future to Rangers and be one of their stars of the future.

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