Much has been made in the press of Kai Kennedy’s place in the UEFA Youth League XI and the obvious conclusion is how that stands the winger in such good stead for a much bigger role next season at Ibrox.
We do like the kid, overlooking the past controversy, and he clearly has bags of talent, but there’s one problem.
The League placement in question is from season 19/20, therefore the season before last, and not even that was enough to get him a more permanent seat at the Ibrox table.
In short, the award is practically two seasons old, and despite his earning that slot he still ended up out on loan.
Kennedy is a very talented young man, who clearly caught the eye enough that season to get a place in the youth league XI, alongside talent from Real Madrid and Juventus.
But Steven Gerrard still didn’t deem him suitable for first-team football, despite keeping Nathan Patterson who is more or less about the same age.
We don’t know what the future holds for the attacker, but we do know Gerrard’s record for players out on loan coming back and succeeding at Ibrox reads zero. None.
Whether Kennedy can be the one to break that mould time will tell.