Dunfermline haven’t exactly got off to the best starts under new manager Peter Grant, failing to win a league game yet this season, but Rangers loanee Kai Kennedy insists the performance in the 0-0 draw with Inverness CT shows the players are all still behind the East End Park manager.

After reaching the playoffs last season under Stevie Crawford, the Pars were expected to pick up where they left off following Grant’s move to Fife from Alloa Athletic but, despite an incredibly talented squad of players, Dunfermline have huffed and puffed with very little end result so far.

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Kennedy admits things have been “tough” recently as fans voice their frustration and results continue to go against them but the Scotland under-21 international is certain there are a lot of positives they can take into their clash with Hamilton this weekend.

“You could see that the group are all behind each other and behind the manager,” Kennedy said.

“The last couple of weeks have been tough — but Saturday showed what we can do and what we are trying to build.

“There is a lot we can take into the Hamilton match.

“As a team, you need to stick together and show what type of group you are — and you could see against Inverness that we had trained hard all week.

 

“We had the better chances of the two teams and on another day we would have been one or two up.”

Kennedy was recently part of Scot Gemmill’s Scotland under-21s as they kicked off their European Championship qualifying campaign over in Turkey and the Rangers Academy graduate confessed it was a very different experience than playing in the Championship.

The winger knows he faces a real fight for a place in the squad moving forward but hopes he can “prove a point” at East End Park and show he deserves it.

“Going over to Turkey was a really tough task and a different experience to playing in the Championship,” he added. “There are different tactics and you’ve got to adapt quickly.

“It’s a tough battle for a spot. There are a lot of good players out there. But if you prove a point with your club, that will get you in the squad. Hopefully, I am doing that.”

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