Alan Hutton has suggested that Rangers fans will get to see youngster Kai Kennedy in action for the first-team this season as he raves over the youth prospects at Ibrox.

The former Gers defender and lifelong fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that there is little more he loves to see than homegrown talent making the breakthrough and says Kennedy is obviously something special.

Gerrard revealed that he was close to including the 17-year-old as part of the 18-man matchday squad against Hamilton on Sunday after dazzling in training, instead leaving him as the ’19th man’ for the 3-1 win.

Hutton suggests that the festive period might not be the best time to bring youngsters into the firing line but admits the young wide man must be making waves to even be close to the senior side

Asked if fans could see Kennedy before the end of the season, Hutton told Football Insider: “I hope so. I’m a supporter as well, that’s what I want Rangers to be like, you want the kids to come through.

“He’s obviously doing very well, for it to be such a serious time of the season, for Gerrard to be even thinking to bring him into the squad, that just shows you how much belief he’s got in him. He wouldn’t make that decision lightly. He obviously thinks highly of him.

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“It’s a big time, I think Rangers need the boys coming through – it’s great for the club, it’s great for the supporters, you love to see it, the young boys coming through. Hopefully, they can start getting involved more regularly.

“There’s a lot of games coming up and I’m not sure this is the ideal time to bleed them in but hopefully come the turn of the year they can break into the first-team.”

Kennedy is a Scotland under-19 international with three appearances under his belt, while he has been a mainstay for the club’s reserve side in the likes of the Challenge Cup.

In other Rangers news, Football Insider can reveal that the club are exploring signing a Premier League hitman on a permanent basis.