Kai Kennedy was once the jewel in the Rangers academy crown but has now moved on to pastures new after seeing his Ibrox contract come to an end.

The 21-year old had seen a series of loan deals not come to anything but the Scotland youth cap has now found a permanent home.

The Sun has reported that Kai Kennedy has signed for York City in England’s fifth tier after leaving Rangers.

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Kai Kennedy finds new club after leaving Rangers

As a teenager, Kennedy was the subject of a £1m bid from West Ham United.

There was also interest reported from Roma, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, looking to add the diminutive playmaker to their respective academies.

It had been thought that Steven Gerrard had plans to promote Kennedy to the first-team, however, a thinly barbed criticism about certain youngsters at the club and attitude coincided with Kennedy leaving on loan.

There also seemed to be question marks about Kai Kennedy’s commitment to sign new Rangers contracts and they always seemed to be signed as a last resort because nothing better was on the table.

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The problem Kennedy had though was when he left to go out on loan.

Similar to Josh McPake, he struggled to make any sort of impression wherever he was on only really started to produce the numbers expected of him towards the end of his most recent spell at Falkirk.

That, at 21-years old he was playing in Scotland’s third tier instead of the Premiership or even Championship says it all about the offers that Rangers had for his services.

Kai Kennedy won’t be the first Rangers youngster to show promise and then fail to make the grade, he also won’t be the first to take a step back to climb back up the footballing ladder.

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