Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said that Kai Kennedy had “earned the chance” [RangersTV] to be the club’s 19th man against Hamilton.

The young attacker watched on from the sidelines as Rangers worked out a 3-1 win against Hamilton at the weekend.

But after blowing off the dust from the international weekend, does his inclusion in the party taking the short trip to Hamilton suggests that a real introduction to life at Rangers isn’t far away?

Rangers forward Kai Kennedy has also shown his class at youth international level with Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images for DFB)

Gerrard’s comments on the youngster certainly suggest that the club are very wary of Kai’s ability, but that he still has a bit to go.

“That was nothing to do with being young if you like,” Gerrard told RangersTV.

“Kai’s trained with us all week, he got a cameo against Leicester and he earned the chance to come and train with the first team and warm up with us today.”

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“It’ll be a good experience for him because he’s certainly a talent. There’s a lot of work to do with him, but we certainly see a bright future for him.”

The thing is, if Kennedy continues to impress as he has been then it’ll be nigh on impossible for Gerrard to ignore him.

Kennedy has been a stand out for the U19s in the UEFA Youth League, has starred for the U18s in the Scottish Cup and is a vital part of the side of Graeme Murty’s Colts in the Challenge Cup.

The performances of Kai Kennedy have caught the eye of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He was even named player of the tournament as Rangers U17s picked up the ALKASS Cup last season.

Whilst Gerrard’s comments suggest the 17-year-old isn’t there yet, his performances behind the scenes and his inclusion against Hamilton points to a breakthrough edging closer.

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