Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has fired an indirect warning to Kai Kennedy, saying that any academy players showing ego will be nowhere near his first-team plans.
Kennedy is a highly rated youngster at Ibrox, but he has been in the news recently after it emerged that he had turned down a contract with the Gers and was being pursued by the likes of Manchester City and Bayern Munich – it remains unclear as to whether he will still be at the club for the upcoming campaign.
Gerrard was talking about some of the younger players who impressed in the Veolia Trophy, such as Jamie Barjonas and Lewis Mayo, and he said:
“I want to bring academy players in but first and foremost they have got to commit to the football club. If you don’t commit to the football club you won’t be seen anywhere near me.
“And you have got to be good enough. So they have got to train every day like it means the world to them to play for Rangers.
“I have been hearing a few things down at the academy that there’s been a bit of ego about. So they won’t be around me.
“I will only play the players who show me on a daily basis that they’re good enough to be around us and Nathan Patterson, Jamie Barjonas and Lewis Mayo have shown that since the first day.”
This does appear to be a warning shot to Kennedy. Even at the age of 18 and with just a single senior appearance to his name, he is said to be looking for more money than what he has already been offered. That is not the kind of attitude that is likely to go down well with the former Liverpool man.
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It remains to be seen what the future holds for Kennedy, but this does not appear to be a good sign for his hopes of being an important member of the squad.
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