Ex-Rangers player could make Ibrox talent his first January signing - report
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Ex-Rangers player could make Ibrox talent his first January signing - report

Former Rangers player Derek McInnes could make current Ibrox starlet Kai Kennedy his first January signing at Kilmarnock, according to Football Scotland.

McInnes was only appointed as Killie boss on Tuesday, almost 10 months after his eight-year stint at Aberdeen came to an end.

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The Rugby Park outfit have promotion to fight for, though, so he doesn’t have long to settle in.

Rangers starlet could be McInnes’ first January signing

The 50-year-old’s first match in charge will be on Saturday away to Queen of the South and it’s been claimed that he could sign talented young Rangers winger Kennedy on loan before then.

Kennedy spent the first half of the season on loan at Dunfermline but he found it tough going at East End Park.

He produced one outstanding display, scoring and notching two assists in a 3-3 draw with QoS last month, but the Gers decided to recall him rather than risk him playing a bit-part role again during the second half of the campaign.

Football Scotland report that the plan is to send him out elsewhere again, though, and that Killie are one of several clubs interested in bringing him in.

It’s asserted that McInnes will make a decision in the coming days, with a move to Rugby Park very much on the cards.

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Would Killie move benefit Kennedy?

If Kennedy joins Killie, they’ll be the fourth Championship club he’s represented in two seasons, following Inverness Caley Thistle, Raith Rovers and Dunfermline.

The 19-year-old’s spell with the Pars was his least productive yet so he needs to make things happen over the second half of the season and a promotion push may bring the best out of him.

The artificial surface at Rugby Park is far from ideal, but there will be pressure to perform in Ayrshire and if he shines there he could convince Gio van Bronckhorst that he wouldn’t be overawed by a first-team role next season.

Meanwhile, Rangers could be affected with a nation reportedly facing expulsion from a major tournament.