'From what I hear...' - Exclusive: Alan Hutton drops big Rangers rising-star reveal
Alan Hutton has revealed that there are a number of people at Rangers convinced youngster Kai Kennedy is destined for big things.
The former Gers defender and boyhood fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that he has only heard exciting things about the starlet during his rise through the youth ranks.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Steven Gerrard has earmarked the 17-year-old for a major role in the first-team next season after his impressive development behind the scenes.
Hutton believes that Kennedy’s rise shows just how successful the youth system is at Ibrox, with a number of other promising talents on the brink of the first team.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Obviously I hear little bits and pieces here and there from different people within Rangers, he’s obviously highly thought of.
“A lot of the youngsters do train with the first-team, I think Gerrard does like that, to promote the youth, let them see what it’s all about and to get them used to the feel of it, the daily life of being a first-team player.
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“They’re a good crop, from what I hear, coming through – he’s obviously one that’s highly thought of and it’s good to see, it’s really good to see the youth side of it is working.
“It’s bringing the young players through into the first-team and that’s ultimately what you want to see. It’s what fans like to see – it’s nice getting a £7million signing through the door but it’s just as good a feeling seeing these kids coming through.”
Kennedy made his debut for Rangers in the Scottish Cup win over Stranraer, coming off the bench to play nine minutes.
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