By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

7th Jul, 2021 | 10:10am

Alex McLeish: Championship better for Kai Kennedy away from Rangers

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Alex McLeish has insisted that staying in the Scottish Championship could be more beneficial for Rangers talent Kai Kennedy.

The exciting winger is wanted by both Partick Thistle and Dunfermline in a potential loan switch ahead of next season [Daily Record].

McLeish believes that Rangers could strike a smart deal which could mean if Kennedy isn’t used, whoever signs him have to pay all of his wages.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “The kids themselves feel as though if they’ve played a year in the Championship, they can move up.

“They could be moving up, and playing for a struggling team, that becomes a little bit difficult, I feel as though they should play with a team who are winning every week.

“There could be a clause to say they have to play him every week, and if not, they have to play all of his wages.”

Smart.

We could send Kennedy to someone at a lower level in the Scottish Premiership, but he may not play every single week.

If losing games, managers could revert to their more experienced options, as McLeish mentioned, and that isn’t beneficial for everyone.

Steven Gerrard rates the youngster very highly, and will want to see him succeed, just as he did with Raith Rovers.

Money is one thing, but the experience is critical, especially for someone such as Kennedy, who will want to jump ahead of the likes of Josh McPake and Glenn Middleton to breakthrough at Ibrox.

Competition in those areas from the younger players is huge, and staying in the Championship could certainly bring better results.

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