Dunfermline Athletic fans have rejoiced on social media after their club snapped up talented Rangers player Kai Kennedy on loan.
Kennedy has been linked with an exit for some time, with the Pars and Partick Thistle both credited with loan interest [Daily Record] while West Ham, Norwich and an unnamed French club were said to have had cash bids rejected [Daily Record].
His season-long loan move to East End Park was confirmed on Thursday afternoon, though, with Rangers retaining an option to recall him in January.
“We are looking forward to seeing Kai continue his development at Dunfermline,” said Gers Head of Academy, Craig Mulholland [Rangers.co.uk].
“He did well last year at both Inverness and Raith during his first season on loan and his challenge is to take this to an even higher level this year and now make a massive contribution to a Dunfermline side who will have high ambitions for the season ahead.
“Dunfermline have been really keen to sign Kai for some time and we believe that their style of play and excellent grass surface will be conducive to Kai making a big impact.”
The transfer was announced in creative fashion by Dunfermline, who tweeted a clip of former WWE star ‘Mr. Kennedy’ in a ring shouting ‘Kennedy’ into a microphone.
The admin received plenty of praise for his efforts but many fans were primarily delighted by the signing of a Scotland youth international who former Inverness Caley Thistle boss John Robertson labelled a ‘crowd pleaser’ who ‘beats people for fun’ [Glasgow Live].
Here’s a selection of reactions from delighted Dunfermline supporters:
— Josh 🏴 (@Josh_More) July 22, 2021
Excellent Loan Signing!!! Team has a Solid Midfield Now. 👏 https://t.co/xUzHyWEiUK
— Gavin Fairgrieve (@fairgrievegavin) July 22, 2021
— _wearethepars_ (@_wearethepars_) July 22, 2021
— 🎵⚡️Colin Steer ⚡️🎵 (@colinphoenix) July 22, 2021
— Ross Love (@Rossslovee) July 22, 2021
Pars are going up https://t.co/lE0e08vtn7
— Liam Taylor🏴🇿🇦 (@liamtaylor1885) July 22, 2021
— D (@DanielSparr0w) July 22, 2021
— Scott Doherty 🏴 (@Scottd1885) July 22, 2021