Inverness boss John Robertson has claimed that Rangers could involve Kai Kennedy in their first-team squad past January.

The promising winger is currently out on loan under Robertson, but the current deal only lasts until next month midway through this campaign.

Robertson has claimed that Inverness have the first option to keep Kennedy if he’s made available, but he did admit that the Bears could give them a “problem.”

Robertson has revealed that Rangers and Steven Gerrard wanted Kennedy to toughen up during this loan spell, with him considered as a “big talent.”

“It will be reviewed in January,” he told the Press and Journal. “At the end of the day, he is Rangers’ player.

“From their aspect, they understand how big a talent he is. He was in their squad at the start of the season. The initial deal was to January. If Rangers are to leave him out on loan, we have the first option on that loan. If Rangers want him to stay on loan, I don’t think there’s any problem there.

“If he continues to play as he has done in recent weeks, the problem we may have is that Rangers may want him for their first team.”

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Gerrard will be keeping a close eye on Kennedy during these contract negotiations.

Glasgow Live have reported that talks are ongoing and that the young winger wants to remain at Ibrox – the sticking point being that he wants first-team assurances.

It could be the perfect time for Rangers to hand Kennedy these assurances, and get him involved in the first-team squad for the title charge after January.

The Bears are in the best place they have been in years, and it would be the perfect atmosphere to throw him into the mix.

The 18-year-old scored his first goal for Thistle over the weekend and is starting to impress more each week – completing seven dribbles and having four shots in his latest game according to Wyscout.

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