Dunfermline have confirmed that Rangers have recalled loanee Kai Kennedy from his time at East End Park, bringing his spell with the Fifers to an early end.
Kennedy joined Dunfermline on a season-long loan in the summer, however Rangers retained the option to recall him this month – with reports claiming he’s set to head back out on loan again.
The Pars confirmed his recall with a brief statement on Twitter announcing his departure, 24 hours before Hughes side are due to face Greenock Mortin in the Championship.
During his time with the Pars, Kennedy appeared 14 times and managed to score once, against Queen of the South in a 3-3 draw.
Dunfermline boss John Hughes had previously confirmed Kennedy was likely to be heading back to Ibrox, admitting his disappointment that he wouldn’t be able to continue to work with the teen.
A move to Kilmarnock with new Killie boss Derek McInnes and it will be interesting to see how Rangers handle Kennedy’s return over the coming weeks.
Having refused permission for him to appear for Dunfermline, Rangers could choose to field him against Stirling Albion later this month before sending him back out on loan.
As well as his time with Dunfermline, Kennedy has also been on loan with Raith Rovers and Inverness Caley Thistle and saw his time in Inverness ended early last season before making the move to Raith.
Kennedy made his debut for the Rangers first-team two years ago in a Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox, appearing alongside Nathan Patterson, as Steven Gerrard’s side saw off Stranraer to book their place in the next round.
With Stirling Albion to visitors to Ibrox on January 21, it could see him given a chance to impress Gio van Bronckhorst and show he has a long-term future at Rangers after three loan spells.
The arrival of James Sands could be the catalyst for more players to join the club, as interest heats up in a defender plying his trade in the Eredivisie.