Exclusive: Rangers turn playmaker's head in reported Ibrox contract talks to excite Hutton
Alan Hutton has been left buzzing as Rangers work on a new contract for young winger Kai Kennedy.
The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has admitted he wants to see more promising talent like the teenage playmaker making the breakthrough at Ibrox.
As reported by GlasgowLive, the 18-year-old is in fresh talks with the Light Blues over a new deal after he previously rejected an offer and was demoted from first-team training to playing with the reserves.
It is said a disagreement over playing time was the reason behind the teenager’s snub but that the club have now managed to turn his head with a clear pathway to regular action at Ibrox.
Hutton admits he is delighted the club seemed to have overcome a hurdle in discussions with the youngster, who made his Rangers debut against Stranraer last season, and that he hopes some starlets break through the youth ranks in the near future.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I mean, at one stage it seemed a little bit uncertainty surrounded the whole situation, whether it be contract talks or whatever.
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“So, if Rangers have come back with something that’s suitable, and he obviously finds it suitable – because at the end of the day you want to play football as a young boy, you don’t want to sign a four-year deal and sit on the bench for four years, or make some squads.
“You want to know if you’re in his plans, what are the future plans and what’s going on and he’s obviously, as you say, given him the pathway to the first-team. It’s not a given, he is going to have to work hard and prove himself to Steven Gerrard and everyone that he deserves to be there.
“It’s good to see that they’re tying down the young talent because you don’t want to see them disappear too early. As Rangers fans, as Celtic fans or whoever, whatever team you support, when a young kid’s coming through, you want to see them flourish in your team, you want to go and support them.
“I would really like to see a young player getting tied down and obviously make the grade and make the breakthrough because it doesn’t happen as much as we would like.”
In other Rangers news, there has been a big twist in contract talks involving Ryan Kent.