By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

28th Jul, 2021 | 6:10pm

Alex McLeish urges Rangers winger Kai Kennedy to prove himself to Steven Gerrard

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Alex McLeish insists now is the time for 19-year-old winger Kai Kennedy to start showing Rangers manager Steven Gerrard what he’s missing at Ibrox.

The diminutive Scot has been the subject of intense transfer speculation this summer, with English Premier League side West Ham reportedly tabling numerous offers, the most recent of which amounted to £1million [The 4th Official].

Kennedy joined Dunfermline Athletic on a season-long loan last week, though that does not appear to have dissuaded West Ham in their pursuit of the teenager.

When asked whether Gerrard would have to convince Kennedy of his future at Ibrox, ex-Gers manager McLeish turned the question around and believes the onus is on the player to prove himself.

“Ultimately it’s not down to the manager, it’s down to the player,” McLeish told Ibrox News. “It’s how much the player can give to the team.

“Agents can do their jobs and get players tied up but it’s down, by and large, to the player to show that he deserves to be in the team or that he is going to move onto a new adventure.

“It always comes down to how good the player is, you can get world-class agents and they can perhaps get you a club, but they won’t get you a club if you’re not doing the business.”

It was a bit of a surprise to see Kennedy loaned out to the Championship again after impressing there last season, but it could be a wise move to ensure he gets a full season of uninterrupted football.

The West Ham links refuse to subside, but hopefully, Kennedy will knuckle down now and prove to Gerrard why he deserves a shot at first-team action at Ibrox next season.

Competition will be tough with the likes of Ryan Kent and Scott Wright ahead of him in the pecking order, but Kennedy certainly has the natural ability to succeed at Rangers.

In other Rangers news, a journalist has branded the Gers ‘Small-time’ after this reported Ibrox development.