Alex McLeish reacts to reported six-figure bid for Rangers winger Kai Kennedy
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Alex McLeish fears that 19-year-old Rangers winger Kai Kennedy may try and force an exit this summer, amid heavy interest from English club West Ham.
The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday [20/07/21] that the diminutive starlet was the subject of a £600,000 bid from West Ham.
However, Rangers turned that bid down as they look to keep hold of one of their emerging talents.
Former Rangers manager McLeish has suggested that Kennedy will want promises before agreeing to stay at Ibrox this summer.
“It came out of the blue but it seems that he is a man in demand,” McLeish told Ibrox News.
“We haven’t heard too much in terms of him getting a promotion to the Rangers first team but now these clubs in different countries are looking for bargains, and for them £600,000 isn’t much, whereas it is in smaller leagues.
“So you know the predators are out there. Rangers have rejected it which shows ambition but how long can they reject it before the guy kicks the door down and says ‘I’m here to go and play first-team football’.”
It’s surely highly unlikely that Kennedy’s first-team chances would improve by making a move to the Premier League, so it could be monetary reasons or because he believes his development is best served at West Ham.
Their pathway to the senior side may be a lot smoother, and the likes of England international Declan Rice have risen through the ranks in recent years.
It’s a tricky one for the Gers as Kennedy is not someone who is likely to be handed opportunities any time soon, so if the price is right, it may well be one where the club are keen to cash in.
In other Rangers news, this Gers attacker is in limbo after English bids complicate his expected 21/22 Ibrox exit.