A big opportunity to impress Steven Gerrard beckons and exciting Rangers talent Kai Kennedy has vowed to give everything during pre-season [Rangers.co.uk].

Kennedy made his first-team debut for the Gers during the 2019/20 season in a Scottish Cup clash against Stranraer and spent the recently completed 2020/21 campaign out on loan in the Championship.

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Kai Kennedy on debut for Rangers at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He represented Inverness Caley Thistle over the first half of the season, before briefly returning to Rangers, signing a contract extension and then heading out to Raith Rovers.

Across the two loans, he notched five assists and scored two goals from 29 appearances.

Those numbers aren’t particularly impressive but he caught the eye in several televised games and there’s no doubt that he’s one of the most talented players produced by the club’s Academy in recent times.

The 19-year-old is contracted until 2023 and is open to another loan spell but is determined to grab a big opportunity to impress in pre-season.

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“Overall, the loan spells have been really good for me,” Kennedy told RYDC [Rangers.co.uk]. “I will come back to Rangers for pre-season now and see what happens.”

 

“I will push myself to the max and see where it takes me, whether that’s going out on loan again or trying to break through to the first team.

“The facilities at Rangers are obviously different to other clubs down the leagues, and that’s no disrespect to anyone, but I think when you are away on loan it makes you realise what you have got at Rangers.”

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Rangers youngster Kennedy has vowed to work hard as a major opportunity to impress Gerrard beckons in the form of pre-season. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Kennedy’s preferred position is on the left wing and the presence of Ryan Kent makes regular playing time there unlikely next season.

There are also a number of other wingers returning from loan spells, including Jordan Jones, Brandon Barker and Josh McPake, while January signing Scott Wright also represents competition.

Kennedy will get opportunities in pre-season, though, and standout performances in training or matches could see him shift up the pecking order.

Rangers rewarded him with a substantial new deal earlier this year and with his future now relatively secure, it’s time for him to repay the club’s faith.

In other news, a former Rangers player has been officially unveiled as the new manager of an SPFL club.

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