By Noel Whelan

21st Jul, 2020 | 8:44pm

Exclusive: Top pundit rips in Rangers board as attacking star looks to quit Ibrox

Rangers should have opened negotiations with Kai Kennedy much sooner if they were serious about keeping him at Ibrox, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he was stunned that the Light Blues board were not working on a deal two years ago.

As revealed by Football Insider last week, the 18-year-old has turned down the Gers’ offer of a long-term deal as he holds out for more lucrative terms at Ibrox.

This website revealed back in April that the Glasgow giants had opened talks with the winger over a blockbuster deal to keep him at the club.

Whelan believes that the player’s agent could be causing Rangers a problem but insists they have to take responsibility for not trying to do a deal much sooner.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I’m not sure with some signings whether it’s the young player, I sometimes think it’s the agent, they kind of know what players, young players, are on at other clubs.

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“Sometimes it just doesn’t fit the bill for the bigger clubs, maybe they feel he should be privileged to be at Rangers and if you do well enough over the next couple of seasons, you will be rewarded with that kind of money.

“I do feel young players are given far too much money very soon, sometimes they can lose that desire, lose that focus so maybe that’s what they were thinking about.

“I’m very surprised they’ve left it to a year to sign these young superstars and start negotiating contracts, that should have been done two seasons ago.” 

Primarily a left-sided winger, Kennedy has played once for the Gers’ senior side but has featured regularly for the club’s reserves.

He has also played as high as Scotland’s under-19s after working his way through the national side’s youth ranks.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that Bournemouth are in pole position to beat the Ibrox giants to 26-goal striker.

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