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.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) July 18, 2020
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.
“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.”
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:
Gerrard not mincing his word in regards to the contract stand off with Kai Kennedy. Fair play to Gerrard. https://t.co/AotcDEJhGr
— William Boyd (@Wullie93) July 18, 2020
The Kennedy situation simply comes down to this:
Can we pay his wage demands? Absolutely.
Can we justify paying his wage demands? Absolutely not.
Can he even justify his wage demands? Absolutely not
Gerrard was spot on for calling it out earlier as well. No room for that ego.
— Rossco (@rsjh0501) July 18, 2020
Steven Gerrard clearly firing a warning to Kai Kennedy.
— Kevin Wakeham (@KEGW1995) July 18, 2020
Love Gerrard’s comments tonight. I mentioned Kennedy the other day & loads jumped in to defend him. Much of our support doesn’t fully understand what the Rangers are all about. Too many yrs of mediocrity have taken their toll.
If you’re no’ a Ranger you’re no use to me 🇬🇧
— Delbert (@Delbert73) July 18, 2020
Interesting words from Gerrard about Kennedy. Seems to have a big ego.
— Curtis (@1872Curtis) July 18, 2020
A very clear message to Kennedy there.
'If yo don't commit to the team, you'll be nowhere near me'
— Corona_Cartel (@Pena_Cartel) July 18, 2020
That interview with Gerrard is everything you want to hear, giving a clear message to the academy and specifically Kai Kennedy.
— 𝐒𝐜𝐨𝐭𝐭 (@RakoTuke) July 18, 2020
Personally loved the ending to that Gerrard interview, clearly a firing shot to Kennedy but he’s absolutely spot on and really should be a reminder to every other player academy or first team, no fully prepared to give 100% to the club then jog on. Well said gaffer 👏🏼👏🏼
— Barry Binnie (@BigBazzaB) July 18, 2020
With rumours of Kai Kennedy's contract talks stalling at rangers,
you can't help but think that Gerrard directly aimed the comments about signing having a commitment to the club towards him and another's. 👀⚽ https://t.co/7dkTB2SdFZ
— David White (@dwhite_nvs) July 18, 2020
Gerrard brilliant interview after the game. If your not committed to this club. Well get out. Directed at Kennedy and rightly so
— One of the People (@Aidygers) July 18, 2020
Gerrard clear as day to Kennedy there , commit to this club or you’ll be nowhere near my team
— ritchie (@ritchielawson) July 18, 2020