Noel Whelan says he is “very surprised” that Glasgow Rangers have left it so late to open contract negotiations with Kai Kennedy.
The 18-year-old is highly rated, with reported interest from the likes of Manchester City and Bayern Munich, but there has been an impasse in regards to talks for a new contract at Ibrox. The teenager is said to have turned down a new deal, and is looking for more lucrative terms.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan questioned why the Gers have left it so long to try and tie down the talented youngster. He said:
“I’m not sure with some signings whether it’s the young player, I sometimes think it’s the agent, they kind of know what players, young players, are on at other clubs.
“Sometimes it just doesn’t fit the bill for the bigger clubs, maybe they feel he should be privileged to be at Rangers and if you do well enough over the next couple of seasons, you will be rewarded with that kind of money.
“I do feel young players are given far too much money very soon, sometimes they can lose that desire, lose that focus so maybe that’s what they were thinking about.
“I’m very surprised they’ve left it to a year to sign these young superstars and start negotiating contracts, that should have been done two seasons ago.”
Whelan does make an interesting point. Kennedy’s current deal is set to run out next May – the 54-time Scottish champions have not given themselves too much time to strike an agreement. Having said that, the winger has just one professional appearance to his name – he is in no position to demand a certain payment at this point in his career.
Will Kai Kennedy be at Ibrox next season?
If Kennedy does not want to sign a new contract, then the Gers should look to move him on immediately. Steven Gerrard has recently taken aim at certain players with “egos” in the academy, and one can only believe that Kennedy was on the manager’s mind. The former Liverpool boss does not appear to be the sort that will accept that kind of attitude – unless something changes, it is hard to see the youngster having any future at the club.
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