Rangers youngster Kai Kennedy has been told that he must sign a contract extension if he wants to remain out on loan at Inverness.

As reported by the Daily Record, Caley Thistle manager John Robertson has revealed the reality of the situation for Kennedy, who is out of contract at Ibrox next summer: “We have spoken to Rangers and they have given us the scenario they see going forward.

“His future with them, first and foremost, is the key thing that has to be discussed between Rangers and the player.

“Until that is sorted we have to wait and see, as he is a Rangers player. They have told us if he signs a new deal they are quite happy for him to remain here this season.

“Until he does that, it is up for grabs.”

Kennedy’s contract situation has been rumbling on at Ibrox for some time, but the Daily Record’s report claims that a deal is believed to be close after a previous breakdown in talks.

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First-team chances are going to be key

Robertson has previously suggested that Rangers may have one eye on bringing him into the first-team squad beyond the January window.

However, his latest comments seem to suggest he could remain out on loan for the rest of the season.

The latter could be the best option for Kennedy, providing a pathway to the first-team squad is laid out for him.

Football Insider previously reported that he could be the next breakthrough star at Ibrox with Steven Gerrard a big admirer and while that has not happened yet – Kennedy has been catching the eye out on loan.

At Caley Thistle, he has looked to impress and according to Wyscout, he is averaging eight dribbles per 90 minutes and four progressive runs in the Championship.

If he can add goals and assists to his game on a consistent basis, he could be ready to return to Ibrox this summer and compete for a first-team spot.

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