Report: Rangers to send ‘crowd-pleaser’ away from Ibrox, raft of suitors keen
Rangers will look to send Kai Kennedy out on loan for the 2021/22 Premiership season, according to Glasgow Live.
Ibrox figures rate Kennedy’s potential highly but are keen to see the teen sensation play regular top-flight action next term. He built a solid foundation last season with fruitful first-team spells for Championship duo Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Raith Rovers.
Kennedy now has a raft of suitors in the Premiership who are keen to develop his skills next term. A deal could be struck before the Premier Sports Cup begins next month with Rangers working on several players’ futures.
Ben Williamson is closing in on a loan move to Livingston, while Stephen Kelly and Glenn Middleton could follow Kennedy out of Ibrox. Steven Gerrard will assess the midfielder and winger in pre-season before deciding the 21-year-olds’ futures.
Rangers want to send Kennedy away from Ibrox for the 2021/22 campaign as the club feel he would benefit from another year out on loan. The 19-year-old winger’s spell with Caledonian Thistle only returned one goal and one assist in 10 appearances.
But the teen star had a big hand in Raith Rovers reaching the Premiership play-offs with one goal and four assists in 16 Championship appearances. Kennedy has played just nine senior minutes for Rangers, though, after his debut in January 2020.
TBR’s view: Rangers must sanction Kennedy loan
Kennedy edged closer to a first-team role at Rangers with his loan spells last season, while signing a new contract in January, but he is not yet ready to hold a place in Gerrard’s squad. Instead, he needs another loan move this summer amid interest from Premiership sides.
A year playing top-flight football away from Ibrox will help Rangers better judge where Kennedy is at in his development. He showed a lot of promise in the Championship, but needs to now take that into the Premiership.
If Kennedy can deliver the same type of performances that excited John Robertson in the Premiership, Rangers would be delighted. The Caley Thistle boss waxed lyrical to The Press and Journal in November, claiming: “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.”
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