Alan Hutton has tipped Kai Kennedy to kick on with the “next stage of his development” after joining Raith Rovers on loan from Rangers.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers defender suggested the teenager would benefit from playing with a side battling at the top end of the Scottish Championship after his spell at Inverness.
Rangers confirmed last week that the 18-year-old had joined up with Raith for the second half of the season after cutting his loan at the Caledonian Stadium short.
Kennedy’s new deal runs to the summer of 2023, and he will immediately join @RaithRovers on-loan until the end of this season.
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) January 8, 2021
Kennedy started eight times in 10 appearances across all competitions and managed to chip in with a goal and an assist while at Inverness.
He has moved up the second-tier table in Scotland by joining Raith, with his new side currently three places above his old team in the Championship table.
Hutton believes that Kennedy will experience a different type of football in Fife and that it will the youngster’s development the world of good.
“I think it’s about progression, to be honest,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“It’s good to go and experience playing against men, a tough challenge, and then now he’s moved to a team that’s challenging higher up so it’s a different way of football, it’s a different way of thinking.
“It’s good for him, it’s the next stage of his development.
“Moving on from there, whether it be going into the Rangers team to try and challenge for that or stepping up again and going to a higher level, in between Rangers and Raith, that could be his next port for development.
“I think it’s good steps that he’s taken. He’s shown everybody he’s got ability so it’s good for him and the club.”
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