Rangers boss Steven Gerrard took aim at young players with an ego within Ibrox – and the Gers faithful are convinced he was aiming a barb at Kai Kennedy.

Winger Kennedy, 18, has reportedly been told he is free to find a new club after contract talks broke down between Rangers and the youngster [Scottish Sun].

Linked with the likes of Manchester City, AS Roma and Bayern Munich in the same report, it is claimed Kennedy is now back training with the reserves.

Speaking to RangersTV after the 2-0 win over Nice in Lyon, Gerrard spoke about handing opportunities to youngsters during the Veolia Tournament.

“I want to bring academy players in,” said Gerrard [RangersTV].

“But first and foremost they’ve got to commit to the football club.

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“If you don’t commit to the football club you’re not going to be seen anywhere near me.

“They’ve got to be good enough, they’ve got to train every day like it means the world to them to play for Rangers.

“I’ve been hearing a few things down at the Academy that there’s been a bit of ego about so they won’t be around me.

“I’ll only play the players that show me on a daily basis that they’re good enough to be around us.

“Nathan Patterson, Jamie Barjonas and Lewis Mayo have shown that since the first day so they deserve the opportunities they’ve had and I’m pleased for them.”

Rangers fans are convinced that Steven Gerrard took aim at Kai Kennedy in a post match interview. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Kennedy not amongst the squad which travelled to France and the youngster stalling on a new deal, for many Rangers fans Gerrard’s comments are aimed at the young winger.

Scotland youth international Kennedy had originally broken through into the Gers first team last season and made his debut for the club in the 2-0 Scottish Cup win over Stranraer in January.

However, Steven Gerrard appears to have taken a defiant stance against Kennedy’s havering and set a clear precedent that runs through the club.

It’s something Rangers fans are very happy to see:

 

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