Rangers’ forgotten man Kai Kennedy has one last chance to prove he can make it
Rangers have confirmed that forgotten winger Kai Kennedy has left the club on another loan, but this could be his last chance to prove himself.
Kennedy had two separate loan spells in the Championship last season, spending the campaign across spells with both Dunfermline and Hamilton.
He was largely underwhelming during both spells, scoring twice and getting three assists across his 21 games, but the club announced via Twitter on Thursday morning (14 July) that he will spend next season in League One with Falkirk.
The 20-year-old winger has had no less than four loan spells in the Championship across the last two seasons, spending the 2020/21 season with Inverness and Raith Rovers, and has disappointed in every single move.
While he is still young, surely his move to Falkirk is his last chance to prove he can make it.
Fall from grace
When he broke through at Ibrox two-and-a-half years ago, Kennedy was already being linked with some of Europe’s elite clubs.
The Daily Record reported in July 2020 that Kennedy was being targeted by Bayern Munich and Manchester City and they had been tracking him for months by that point.
However, he is now being shunted out on loan to a team that finished 6th in League One last season.
Kennedy’s 2021/22 season was disrupted by injury, with Football Scotland outlining last Thursday (7 July) how he had to work to return from a back injury he suffered in March.
He picked up a couple of minor injuries the season prior, but his main issue then was simply poor form.
Tragically, his main downfall is seemingly something completely out of his control, he was the victim of overhyping.
When a young player impresses in the youth teams or gets linked with a move to an elite club, it adds a lot of expectation on their shoulders.
A lot of young players have struggled to handle the weight of expectation and a lot of seemingly bright careers have been killed by it.
Kennedy is clearly talented but this is his final chance to prove he can handle the expectation and make the step up to senior football.
In other Rangers news, Calvin Bassey is reportedly in discussions over a move to Ajax.