Rangers teen Kai Kennedy spent the season out on loan with stints at Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Raith Rovers under his belt – and now the Scotland youth international wants to try and force his way into Steven Gerrard’s first-team squad at Ibrox.
Kennedy reached the Premiership playoffs with the Fifers, losign to eventual winners Dundee and the 19-year-old loved getting the chance to play regularly in competitive games.
After his spell in Kirkcaldy came to an end, Kennedy confessed that he’s “learned a lot” with John McGlynn’s side in their push for a second successive promotion.
“I really enjoyed my time at Raith Rovers, every single bit of it. It was a great experience for me and I loved playing in that team,” Kennedy told Rangers Youth Development Company.
“The players and staff there were all brilliant with me from the moment I got there so I enjoyed it. The last six months at Raith has been a pleasure.
“As soon as I went there I felt settled and I knew a few of the boys before I joined anyway. They have a great bunch of boys there and I have learned a lot from the experience.
“I scored a couple of goals and I enjoyed scoring the one early on against Dundee. That was a good strike and meant a lot to me.
“It is a lot different from playing academy games because you are playing for important points every week and every game means something.
“It was great to play a part in a team that was pushing for promotion and you learn from every match you play in.
What’s next for Kennedy?
Kennedy is highly rated at Ibrox and the teenager is certain that he is returning to Rangers a better player than when he initially went out on loan.
While Kennedy admits he will give everything to prove he deserves a place in the first-team, another loan move isn’t off the table.
His stint away also seems to have given the attacker a glimpse of what it’s like elsewhere in terms of facilities, confessing that his time with Caley and Raith made him realise what he’s got a Rangers, adding: “I will definitely come back to Rangers a better player. I think I had a good season and I think I am more confident for playing week in, week out.
“I will come back to Rangers for pre-season now and see what happens. I will push myself to the max and see where it takes me, whether that’s going out on loan again or trying to break through to the first team.
“The facilities at Rangers are obviously different to other clubs down the leagues, and that’s no disrespect to anyone, but I think when you are away on loan it makes you realise what you have got at Rangers.”