Rangers fans have reacted with delight to a Glasgow Live report that claims Kai Kennedy could still have a future at Ibrox.
The 18-year-old winger’s current deal expires in the summer and it was previously reported that attempts to extend his stay at the club had been abandoned [Daily Record].
However, somewhat surprisingly, it’s now suggested that dialogue has reopened, with further talks planned over the coming weeks and months.
After an apparent disagreement with Steven Gerrard over future playing time, Kennedy had been sent to train with the B team prior to his recent loan move to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Yet, it seems that their relationship hasn’t been irreparably damaged and that the Gers boss still believes the Scotland youth international has a part to play over the coming years.
Since joining Inverness in early October, Kennedy has made three Championship and two League Cup appearances, starting the Highlands club’s last four matches.
He missed a crucial penalty in a shootout defeat to Raith Rovers but provided a superb assist earlier in that game, while he’s impressed with his positivity on the ball in other fixtures.
As far as many Gers fans are concerned, it’s excellent news that the teenager now looks likely to remain at Ibrox.
Kennedy was the standout player during the Rangers Colts’ Challenge Cup run last season, while he also caught the eye in the UEFA Youth League clash against Atletico Madrid at Firhill in February.
He’s only managed one first-team appearance to date, in a Scottish Cup tie against Stranraer, but some fans believe he will eventually establish himself if an extension is agreed.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Excellent, had heard some murmur about this a couple of weeks ago but nothing seemed to be happening- hopefully get it done and work on his development
— Davie⚽ (@WATP115) November 16, 2020
Ideal scenario would be he plays well at ICT and takes Jones place in the squad next season
— Revan (@Revan1872) November 16, 2020
positive news as it’s clear his talent is there, a positive loan spell and regular football also needed for him this season ⚽️
— Scott Cameron (@Cammy26_2) November 16, 2020
Good news for kai good news for rangers.. The lad needs to get his head in the right place and this is a start.
— CHARLIE MURDOCH 🇬🇧🏴 @alliance4unity (@murdoch_charles) November 16, 2020
I’m genuinely delighted by this. Kai Kennedy has the potential to be a Rangers first team player. Hopefully he’s got the right mindset now to knuckle down and keep improving.
— Still staying at home every other Saturday (@CF3Loyal) November 16, 2020
Hopefully deal gets done boy can be a great talent if he takes the right advice 👍
— colin Strang (@ColinStrang) November 16, 2020
Good news if true
— rfcyouths.wordpress.com (Elfideldo) (@rfcyouths) November 16, 2020