Glasgow Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson has built an impressive reputation as one of the best in the business and is highly respected for his negotiating skills.
He is widely credited with bringing Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl to St Mary’s – and look at where they have ended up, as the Saints moved to the top of the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history. The 36-year-old was the key figure in the club’s recruitment strategy and was responsible for signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Bayern Munich, Nathan Redmond, Jan Bednarek and Yan Valery.
Now it seems Wilson has outdone himself once again, only this time with the Light Blues. Rangers decided to send Kai Kennedy out on loan this season to gain some more first team experience.
The 18-year-old is highly rated at Ibrox, with Gerrard describing him as a “fabulous little player.” However, he has found his chances hard to come by, and joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle on loan until January after a disagreement with Gerrard over his playing time, where he has already made an immediate impact.
After making his debut for Inverness against Ayr United in the Scottish Championship, Kennedy marked his first start for the Caley Thistles with an assist in the 3-1 win over Arbroath at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, before starting the next game against Heart of Midlothian on Saturday afternoon.
It looks like the teenager is quickly making up for lost time, as he has already made three appearances this season so far. The uncapped Scottish U21 international has been earmarked as one to watch for the future, as Rangers academy boss Craig Mulholland raved about his progress last term, saying he was “excited” to see him on the fringes of the senior squad.
Earlier this year he came off the bench to score the matchwinner as Scotland U19s cruised to a comprehensive 1-0 win over their Czech counterparts.
When Kennedy returns to Rangers, Jordan Jones may have already left the club, if recent reports are to be believed, which will create a space in the squad for another option out wide. The teen dynamo, who has predominantly played as a left winger, can also double up as a forward if required.
Regardless of what position he plays in, it’s clear that the Gers have an obvious talent at their disposal. He just needs to be given the time to shine. However, if for whatever reason Kennedy can’t work out his differences with Gerrard, Wilson should still be able to sell him for a decent profit.
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