By Gabriel Agbonlahor

24th Jul, 2021 | 7:45am

Agbonlahor: You 'can't blame' Kennedy for wanting to quit Rangers for West Ham after 'significant bid'

Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted Rangers need to offer Kai Kennedy a clear path into the first-team if they are to keep hold of him this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward suggested Kennedy would “jump at the chance” to move to the Premier League.

Football Insider revealed on 19 July the Gers had rejected a £600,000 bid by West Ham United for the 19-year-old.

Kennedy told Football Insider he was “flattered” by the Hammers’ interest and his agent Paul Tait revealed they were not the only interested party.

The Premier League club have since submitted two more bids and this site revealed on 21 July the latest offer was worth more than £1million.

Meanwhile, Kennedy has been sent out on loan to Scottish Championship side Dunfermline Athletic but Rangers retain a recall clause, according to the Daily Record.

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Asked whether the Light Blues were vulnerable to losing the winger permanently, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It just depends on the likelihood of getting game time at Rangers.

“If he doesn’t think he’s going to get the game time at Rangers it makes sense for him to jump at the chance to play in the Premier League.

“You can’t blame the player but I’m sure Rangers value him and if they’re to let him go, the fee has to be a lot higher. £1million, that’s a significant bid, but it’s not enough.”

Kennedy has played once for Steven Gerrard’s side – a cameo from the bench in the Scottish Cup in January 2020.

He spent last season on loan with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Raith Rovers.

In other news, Rangers fans will be fuming as a “huge” fee is set to be paid for a “bit part” player to join Ibrox.