Hutton warns Kennedy over Rangers future after his response to latest West Ham bid
Alan Hutton has urged Kai Kennedy to keep his feet on the ground at Rangers after being flattered by offers from West Ham.
The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, warned the 19-year-old he could end up “nowhere” if he does not stay focussed at Ibrox.
As revealed by Football Insider on Monday (July 19th), Rangers rejected a £600,000 offer from West Ham for Kennedy.
The 19-year-old told Football Insider it was “extremely flattering” to have West Ham bid for him but insisted he is committed to Rangers.
Agent Paul Tait revealed “there are a lot of clubs interested in Kai” this summer.
This site has since revealed the Light Blues have knocked back another offer from the Irons.
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It is understood Steven Gerrard has promoted the youngster from the B team to first-team training.
However, Hutton insisted Kennedy must not allow himself to be distracted by the interest from elsewhere.
“It is flattering to be so young be linked with such big teams in the Premier League,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“It’s obviously great for confidence and a great boost but it’s about using that in the right way.
“It’s about using that as a boost for you to say: ‘Well, I still have to prove myself. I still need to break into the Rangers first team. That’s my goal and ambitions moving forward.’
“You have to keep your feet on the ground, you can’t let it go to your head because it can quickly turn. You think that you’ve already made it and before you know it, you’re nowhere.
“It seems like he’s a level-headed young man who is ambitious, who wants to push forward.
“I’m pretty sure he’ll use this in the right way. Keep his feet on the ground and work hard.“
I think his ultimate goal is to be in the Rangers first team. That’s what he wants to do first and foremost. Hopefully, we can see that breakthrough through this season.”