Kai Kennedy’s bizarre time at Ibrox is set to end after the former Rangers youngster (he’s 20 now) came close to securing a new life in America with USL Championship minnows Tampa Bay Rowdies, after a good spell with Falkirk.
The attacking midfielder was a subject of huge controversy some years ago under Steven Gerrard, with his attitude and indiscretions being publicly slated by the-then manager, indirectly, before nonsense reports linking him with Man City and Bayern Munich surfaced to take the heat off him.
It was also sourced that he was trying to engineer a move to Celtic as well, being a Celtic fan as he is, and that’s obviously one which didn’t materialise either, and now his big lofty career goal is to end up in the backwater league of USA’s second top tier as the Rowdies move in.
He simply wasn’t good enough for Rangers – the couple of appearances he got in the first team were ok, but he didn’t shine in a way that suggested he was close to breaking through – a lack of physicality was a problem and he wasn’t terribly quick.
One thing doing it for Raith Rovers, quite another to do it for Rangers, and he fell short there, which in fairness isn’t hard to do given the weight of the shirt – so many good players have struggled at Ibrox but thrived at smaller clubs with lesser demands; this is a regular occurrence, Kyle Bartley and Kane Hemmings being two such players to fit that.
Rangers players who go out on loan are never deemed good enough – it’s simple, if they were good enough for Rangers, they’d be at Ibrox. The moment the loans start, it’s the end of their Rangers chances period.
And Kennedy was another, and that’s been borne out with such a bottom-feeding league and club that he’s ended up at. No Man City, Bayern or even the other team for him!
No, he’s not one we’ll miss, and while we wish him the best, it’s an exit of no gravity at all. Hope we get a few quid for him.