By Frank McAvennie

23rd Jul, 2021 | 1:25pm

Rangers tipped to sell Kennedy to West Ham after new seven-figure bid - pundit

Frank McAvennie claims Rangers will welcome any money they can get after West Ham’s numerous bids for Kai Kennedy.

The Celtic icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Rangers’ reluctance to sell could be a hangover from their experience with Billy Gilmour.

As revealed by Football Insider on Monday (July 19th), Rangers initially rejected a £600,000 offer from West Ham for Kennedy.

West Ham have since lodged two more bids and Football Insider revealed on 21st July that the most recent is worth in excess of £1million in total.

Kennedy, 19, told Football Insider he is committed to Rangers while his agent Paul Tait revealed “there are a lot of clubs interested in Kai” this summer.

On Thursday (22nd July), Rangers confirmed the youngster had joined Dunfermline on loan for the 2021-22 season.

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McAvennie claims Rangers won’t be able to knock back bids forever as they struggle with their finances.

“It’s a strange one,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“Rangers want to keep hold of him, which means they think he’ll make it.

“They let Billy Gilmour go, maybe they don’t want to make the same mistake.

“Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister know a player when they see one. Anything could happen.

“Either way it’s a gamble, for seven figures maybe they will take it.

“It depends on the finances and they haven’t had fans in like everyone else.

“They may just be holding out for more money, we know the board need the money.”

Gilmour was unable to be persuaded to stay at Ibrox and instead left for Chelsea in 2019.

He is now a Champions League winner and could play an important role under Thomas Tuchel next season.

In other news, finance expert Kieran Maguire reveals Celtic have multi-million advantage over Rangers plus £13million guaranteed.