A likely destination for Rangers winger Kai Kennedy this summer has been named in a report, amid apparent multi-club interest [The Athletic].
Kennedy made his senior debut for the Gers in early 2020 and signed a contract extension in January which will run through to 2023.
The new deal was penned between loan stints at Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Raith Rovers, and Thistle boss John Robertson labelled him a ‘crowd pleaser’ who ‘beats people for fun’.
Kennedy hasn’t featured for Rangers in pre-season but has been linked with a return to the SPFL Championship on loan, with Partick Thistle and Dunfermline Athletic allegedly scrapping it out for his signature [Daily Record].
In recent days, though, things have allegedly been complicated by cash offers for the 19-year-old.
The Daily Record reported that West Ham, Norwich and an unnamed French club had all seen initial bids rejected.
It’s since been claimed that West Ham’s unsuccessful offer was £600,000 [Daily Mail], but Norwich’s interest has been rubbished [Pink Un].
Now, The Athletic reports that a loan departure to the Pars is “still a likely destination regardless of where his permanent future lies”.
Plenty of Bears would be pleased with just a loan move, as Kennedy has the talent to really establish himself at first-team level at some point in the coming seasons, and it would be a shame if another promising Academy graduate was sold on.
While a loan to a Premiership club might be seen as more relevant preparation for that, he’s likely to get more playing time in the second tier, and given that he’s still a teenager with only 30 senior appearances to his name, a degree of patience must be shown by supporters.
Meanwhile, a Rangers-supporting international claims he played a role in convincing a player with ‘all the attributes’ to join the Gers.