Rangers are increasingly hopeful of tying Kai Kennedy to a new deal after he rejected the club’s last contract offer in the summer.

The Glasgow giants appeared resigned to losing the gifted 18-year-old forward to an elite Premier League or European club when he snubbed a new deal in July.

But talks have restarted and the early signs are promising.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that chiefs believe Kennedy wants to commit his long-term future to the club where he has long been identified as a future star.

Kennedy’s current deal, signed when he turned professional at the age of 16, expires next summer.

Rangers offered him a new and improved deal that would have seen him land a big pay rise.

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But it was knocked back amid fears he would follow the likes of Ibrox graduate Billy Gilmour to one of the top Premier League teams.

That was followed by Kennedy being demoted to the Rangers reserves earlier in the season and falling down the pecking order.

He was subsequently loaned out to Scottish Championship club Inverness Caledonian in October and has been getting his first regular taste of senior football.

Kennedy has made seven appearances for the second-tier side and scored his first senior goal in last night’s 3-0 win over Queen of the South after some eyecatching trickery on the left flank.

The teenager was hailed by manager Steven Gerrard as a “fabulous little player” when he made the senior squad for the first time in November of last year.

He subsequently played once for the first team, when he made his senior debut in January as a substitute against Stranraer.

Kennedy is predominantly a wide forward, operating left or right, but has also played for Rangers’ youth teams in various attacking positions, including as a number 10.

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