Two Rangers academy players have been affected as the U19 international fixture between Scotland and England was abandoned on Thursday afternoon.

Ciaran Dickson and Kai Kennedy, who is currently on loan at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, both started the game for Scotland at St George’s Park.

England were 3-1 up in the first half in the friendly fixture but the game was then halted, with the Independent reporting that a member of ‘backroom staff’ had returned a positive test.

 

Both the Scottish FA and the English FA later confirmed the abandonment was ‘in line with COVID-19 protocol’ but refused to comment any further on the matter.

The match was the first of two scheduled friendlies between the two sides at St George’s Park over the coming days.

Kai Kennedy only recently left Rangers for a spell in the Highlands, but although his loan with Inverness is due to expire in January, reports have claimed that there’s little chance of him remaining at Ibrox beyond the end of the current season [Daily Record].

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Rangers talent Kai Kennedy is one of those affected by the abandonment of the youth international friendly between England and Scotland U19s. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 18-year-old winger made his first-team debut in a Scottish Cup fixture against Stranraer in January but it’s suggested that he’s since had a disagreement with Steven Gerrard about his future playing time.

Ciaran Dickson, who is also 18, played a key role for the Rangers U20s in the UEFA Youth League last season, while he also featured in midfield for the Colts in their run to the Challenge Cup semi-final.

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