Rangers loanee Kai Kennedy misses decisive penalty for Inverness CT in shootout
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Rangers loanee Kai Kennedy misses decisive penalty for Inverness CT in shootout

Rangers loanee Kai Kennedy missed a crucial penalty for Inverness Caley Thistle in a shootout against Raith Rovers in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

Kennedy broke into the Rangers first-team setup last season but after an alleged disagreement with Steven Gerrard during the summer regarding future playing time [Daily Record], he was sent out on loan in October.

The 18-year-old has since made three appearances in the Championship for Caley Thistle and he started their penultimate League Cup group stage fixture against Raith at Stark’s Park.

He began the game well and notched an assist in the 24th minute with an excellent cross that was headed in by Shane Sutherland, as the visitors cancelled out an early Rovers opener.

An own goal from Danny Devine saw Inverness trailing again at the hour mark, but they turned things around to take the lead with James Keatings and Roddy MacGregor scoring in quick succession.

Rangers loanee Kai Kennedy in action for Inverness Caley Thistle. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It looked as though that would be enough to secure all three points, but Manny Duku made it 3-3 at the death, sending the game to penalties.

Caley Thistle struggled from the off in the shootout, with Nikolai Todorov and Keatings missing the Highlands club’s first two spot-kicks. Yet, when Brad Spencer missed Raith’s fourth penalty, Kennedy was called upon to try to keep his side in the game.

The Gers loanee sent his pressure penalty wide of the target, though, ensuring it was the hosts who landed the crucial bonus point.

Caley Thistle are now fourth in Group A and must defeat East Fife on Saturday to stand any chance of progressing to the draw for the Last 16.