Kai Kennedy has been in such fine form for Inverness Caledonian Thistle that Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard may be forced to make a big decision over his future in January.
It was something of a surprise when the young left winger joined the Scottish Championship club on loan in the summer after falling down the pecking order with the 54-time Scottish champions.
Gerrard has heaped praise on the Scotland U21 international in the past, calling him a “fabulous little player” after he first burst onto the scene.
He made his first-team debut at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup win over Stranraer earlier this year but appeared to be heading for the exit after being told he could find a new club having failed to agree a new deal with his boyhood club. He signed for Inverness on a loan deal until January in the end instead, which cast doubts over his future at his parent club.
But Kennedy has been decent during the current campaign so far this season, which seems to suggest that Ross Wilson made the right decision in the end.
In seven appearances for Caley Thistle this season, the 18-year-old has already contributed to two goals in all competitions, including scoring a stunning opening goal against Queen of the South at Palmerston Park on Friday night.
The winger gave John Robertson’s side the half-time lead before Roddy MacGregor and Miles Storey both scored in the second half to secure the victory.
Robertson recently reserved special praise for his young charge after he admitted he is pleased with Kennedy’s progress at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. He said: “I’ll show my age – I think he goes back to the tanner ball player we know in Scotland, such as Jimmy Johnstone, Willie Johnstone and Davie Cooper. He beats people for fun and gets out of tight situations – he’s a crowd-pleaser.”
According to The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell, talks between the club and the youngster’s representatives are still ongoing as they are trying to reach an agreement before the winter transfer market opens in just a few weeks’ time.
European heavyweights Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Roma have all been linked with a move for the teenager in the past.
However, Gerrard may be forced to swallow his pride and recall the academy product, as he has proven that he is able to hit the ground running at a good level of the game.
With Ryan Kent’s future far from certain, Kennedy could be another exciting option on the left-wing and still has room to improve at the age of 18.