Teenager nets impressive hat-trick for Gers XI, £2m outcast makes surprise appearance...
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Stephen Kelly lights up Rangers XI fixture while Eros Grezda features

On Tuesday, a Rangers XI took on Ayr United in a pre-season fixture.
A whole host of players at various stages of their Ibrox careers were afforded playing time as the Gers ran out 6-1 winners.
The star of the show was young midfielder, Stephen Kelly. Fresh from attending the senior squad pre-season camp in Portugal, the 19-year-old enjoyed an inspired 45 minutes, having only been introduced at half-time.

Kelly made his senior Rangers debut against Ayr in last season’s League Cup. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Building on a first-half strike from Jamie Murphy, Kelly put the game beyond Ayr’s reach with a quickfire hat-trick.
His third goal, a free-kick, was described by the unofficial Rangers Youth Updates Twitter account as ‘stunning’.

Following a brace for the Development team a few days prior, Dapo Mebude netted again, and Andy Dallas completed the scoring with a penalty.


Mebude has got off to a flyer in pre-season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Grezda included

There were multiple senior players involved in the fixture including Graham Dorrans, Jason Holt, Jak Alnwick and goalscorer Murphy.
However, perhaps the most surprising inclusion was Eros Grezda. It seems the £2m signing [Scottish Sun] started the game and was given 45 minutes before being replaced at the interval.


This was the first match involvement for the Albanian international, since a ten-minute cameo against Motherwell in April.

Grezda is clattered after coming on as a substitute at Fir Park. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

However, it’s unlikely that this game time indicates he still has a future with the club.
Steven Gerrard excluded him from the trip to Portugal that the likes of Kelly and Mebude attended [
Daily Record]. He was also nowhere to be seen on the Gers’ Europa League squad list.
Despite having three years left on his deal [Transfermarkt], if a club stumps up a decent fee for the 24-year-old this summer, it’s highly likely he will leave.


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