By Wayne Veysey

23rd Mar, 2020 | 4:00pm

Gerrard earmarks Rangers attacker to be next season's breakthrough player - Sources

Rangers attacker Kai Kennedy has been earmarked by Steven Gerrard for a major first-team role next season, Football Insider understands.

The 17-year-old made his Light Blues debut in January as a substitute in the Scottish Cup win against lowly Stranraer.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club’s coaches have been hugely impressed by Kennedy’s development this season and believe he is capable of moving into the senior squad permanently.

The teenager could even be promoted into the first team set-up when the postponed Scottish season eventually resumes.

The Rangers coaches have been encouraged by how Kennedy has performed for their reserves and age-group sides.

They have also noticed how he has improved since his first senior run-out in the 2-0 triumph against Stranraer two months ago.

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Gerrard and his backroom team had initially planned to give Kennedy an extended audition in pre-season.

But the stalled current campaign may mean the youngster getting a sustained chance when football recomences, which may not now be until the summer due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

They regard the attacker highly and capable of being a star of the future, according to one source.

Kennedy is predominantly a left-winger but has also played for Rangers’ youth teams in various attacking positions.

He has also worked his way through the Scotland age groups and has been capped up to Under-19s level for his country.

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