By Nick Ware

20th Jul, 2021 | 3:40pm

Rangers winger Kai Kennedy in Dunfermline Athletic loan limbo amid West Ham bids

Kai Kennedy’s loan move to Dunfermline Athletic has been put on hold amid uncertainty over his Rangers future, according to The Athletic.

The online news outlet claims a loan move to the Scottish Championship side “was expected to go through this window”, but has been held up because of West Ham’s interest in the 19-year-old.

The English Premier League side has made bids to sign the Scottish Under-19 international which have been rejected by the Gers, though it is reported that Dunfermline is “still a likely destination regardless of where his permanent future lies”.

Sensible

If the diminutive winger does not seal a permanent exit from Ibrox this summer, then another loan move to the Scottish second-tier seems like the smart move.

He spent the second half of the 2020/21 campaign at Raith Rovers in the Championship, impressing with some mazy runs and scoring once in 10 appearances in all competitions.

However, standing at five feet four inches, it still looks like a tough task for Kennedy to make the jump to the Premiership.

Even though he is likely to come in for even rougher treatment in the division below, his speeds and skills should be able to take him beyond the challenges of defenders most of the time.

His spell at Raith was his second away from Rangers after appearing for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, and it would have given him a valuable insight into senior football, having made his only Light Blues outing in the 2019/20 season.

Were he to remain at Rangers this season, he would find his path to the first team blocked by a number of stars – Ryan Kent looks a shoo-in for the left-hand side, while the likes of Joe Aribo, Scott Wright and Fashion Sakala are also sure to be ahead of him in the pecking order.

A loan move looks like the sensible option, but if West Ham get their way, we won’t be the ones making the decision.

In other Rangers news, The Athletic share fans chants towards Kieran Tierney during Arsenal clash at Ibrox.