Rangers loan star at Inverness Caledonian Thistle is hailed a crowd pleaser
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KAI Kennedy has the ability to get fans off their feet, says Caley Thistle manager John Robertson.
And he thinks the midfielder, who is on loan from Rangers this season, will impress the first 300 fans who are allowed into the Caledonian Stadium on Saturday.
The 18-year-old midfielder has been one of the stand-out performers this season for Inverness as he has cemented his place in the first team.
Robertson says while there are things he needs to work on, says there is no doubt about the talent he possesses.
“He beats people for fun and gets out of tight situations,” he said.
“It is a pity we haven’t had crowds yet, becuase Kai is a crowd pleaser.
“What he has come to learn here is develop his play in the final third, when to slot people in, when to shoot and when to give us a bit more width.
“He is still learning and he will learn.
“But he is certainly a talent, every time he gets the ball you are off your feet as you don’t know what he is going to do.”
Playing in the Championship is Kennedy’s first experience of a full season in senior football, having only played at under-20 development level previously.
Robertson says they will not look to exhaust Kennedy and make sure he gets games in moderation.
“He played three games in a week at this level and he has not played at this level before,” he said.
“He will tire and there will be times that we will have to bring him out of the team as well and we will bring in other players.
“He is still getting to learn our players from our perspective, when to go and have a shot, when Nikolay Todorov is in the team throw in a cross and let him attack.
“When Miles Storey is in the team, send the ball down the wide area to let him attack it.
“The biggest compliment I can give Kai is the other players in the team are not scared to give him the ball.
“It is the same with the likes of Cameron Harper, Daniel MacKay, Roddy MacGregorand Harry Nicolson who are having to learn against highly experienced teams and they have done fantastically well.”