Can Stephen Kelly be Rangers' best academy midfielder since Ferguson?
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Can Stephen Kelly be Rangers' best academy midfielder since Ferguson?

Rangers midfielder Stephen Kelly continues to impress whilst on-loan at Championship promotion hopefuls Ayr United.

The talented Rangers Academy prospect is highly thought of at Ibrox and made his breakthrough at Ibrox last season against the side he is turning out for this campaign.

Given just how impressive Kelly has been, can he be the best midfield prospect to come out of Ibrox since one Barry Ferguson?

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Stephen Kelly of Rangers is seen during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Quarter Final match between Rangers and Ayr United on September 26, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Kelly, 19, admittedly has a long way to go before he can lay claim to the immense influence and success Barry helped bring to Ibrox.

But a product of our Auchenhowie Academy, Kelly has been very impressive in Ayrshire hitting four goals and two assists in eleven games this season.

He’s been fast-tracked to the first team, is highly thought of by Steven Gerrard and was even handed a new contract last season.

Kelly’s positive, ambitious midfield play has marked him out as one of the Ibrox club’s most notable talents in recent seasons.

The fact he’s been instrumental for Ayr United so far this season suggests that from next year he could well be ready to take the step into the first-team squad proper.

Rangers fans would love to see someone with the poise, control and ability of Ferguson to come through at Ibrox.

Barry Ferguson – who was sold to Blackburn from Rangers for close to £7.5m in his career – is one of the most talented footballers to ever come through at Ibrox. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Charlie Adam and Lewis McLeod aside, Rangers have been largely bereft of midfield talent coming through at the club in recent years.

Could Stephen Kelly be the brightest talent to emerge from the middle of the park at Rangers in the last two decades?