Teenage Rangers prospect Kai Kennedy scored a stunning winner for Scotland Under 19s in a youth international fixture against the Czech Republic on Thursday.

It’s been quite a season so far for the 17-year-old, who has kicked on from winning the Player of the Tournament award at the Alkass Cup early last year.

Kennedy starred for the Colts during their Challenge Cup run over the first few months of the campaign, before being rewarded with a chance to join the first team for their January training camp in Dubai.

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After impressing during fitness and ball work sessions, he was given a cameo in the friendly against Lokomotiv Tashkent, before making his competitive Gers debut off the bench in the Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup against Stranraer at Ibrox later that month.

Kennedy on the ball during his first-team debut at Ibrox.. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, he was the clear standout performer in a UEFA Youth League defeat to a quality Atletico Madrid side, before helping to give the Inverness Caley Thistle first-team a scare during the recent Challenge Cup semi-final.

It seems he’s quickly got over those collective disappointments at club level, though, as he earned Scotland U19s an impressive win over the Czech Republic on Thursday evening.

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The friendly took place at the Pinatar Arena in Spain, and Kennedy was one of five Gers named in the starting XI alongside Nathan Patterson, James Maxwell, Josh McPake and Dapo Mebude.

Multiple Rangers players featured, but Kai Kennedy was the star of the show for Scotland U19s. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images for DFB)

It was a tight affair and it took a moment of individual brilliance from Kennedy in the 78th minute to break the deadlock.

Picking the ball up on the left edge of the box, he dropped his shoulder and cut inside, before sending a curling effort beyond the keeper and into the far top corner.

It’s a really impressive piece of play from the young Ger, whose stock continues to rise.

He’ll no doubt be hoping that if he continues on his current trajectory, he could soon become a permanent part of Steven Gerrard’s first-team squad.

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