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Kai Kennedy has been in such good shape for Inverness Caledonian Thistle that Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard may be forced to make a big decision about his future in January.
It was somewhat surprising when the young left winger joined the Scottish Championship club on loan in the summer after falling through the pecking order to the 54-time Scottish champions.
Does Kai Kennedy deserve another shot at Glasgow Rangers?
Gerrard has praised the Scottish Under-21 international in the past, calling him “fabulous little gamerAfter he burst onto the scene for the first time.
He made his first-team debut at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup win over Stranraer earlier this year, but appeared to be heading to the exit after being told that he could find a new club by failing to come to a new agreement with his childhood club. Instead, he signed for Inverness on a loan deal until the end of January, casting doubt on his future at his parent club.
But Kennedy has been decent during the current campaign so far this season, which seems to suggest that Ross Wilson made the right decision in the end.
In seven appearances For Caley Thistle this season, the 18-year-old has already contributed to two goals in all competitions, including a surprising first goal against Queen of the South at Palmerston Park on Friday night.
The winger gave John Robertson’s team the lead at halftime before Roddy MacGregor and Miles Storey scored in the second half to secure the victory.
Robertson recently booked special praise for his young position after admitting that he is pleased with Kennedy’s progress at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. He said, “I’ll show my age. I think it goes back to the tanning player that we know in Scotland, like Jimmy Johnstone, Willie Johnstone and Davie Cooper. He hits people for fun and gets out of difficult situations, it’s a crowd pleaser. “
According to Jordan Campbell of Athletic, talks between the club and the young man’s representatives are still ongoing as they are trying to reach an agreement before the winter transfer market opens in a few weeks.
European heavyweights Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Roma have been linked with a movement for the teenager in the past.
However, Gerrard may be forced to swallow his pride and remember the product of the academy, as he has shown that he is capable of starting to run at a good level of play.
With Ryan Kent’s future far from certain, Kennedy could be another exciting option on the left and he still has room for improvement at the age of 18.
And in other news, Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield may fill the role Gerrard has wanted for so long …