Promising young Rangers midfielder, Stephen Kelly, has spoken to the Scottish Sun about his delight at getting one over on a fellow Ger.

Turning out for his adopted side, Ayr United, on Saturday, Kelly came up against Robby McCrorie, who is currently on loan at Queen of the South.

It was a scrappy affair at Cappielow, but the teenage midfielder decided it with a moment of magic.

His stunning volley from 20-yards had the pace and accuracy to beat 6ft 4″ McCrorie in the opposition goals.


Rangers loanee Kelly delighted with contribution

“The ball came to the edge of the box and I just hit it first time and it went into the bottom corner,” Kelly told the Scottish Sun. “Robby was giving me a bit of stick before the game but it was just a bit of banter.”

“Big Robby is a top goalie who is up there with the best in the league along with Doohan. So it was a good feeling to score against a goalie who is at that level.”

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Kelly has made one senior appearance for the Gers, in the 2018 League Cup. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)


Saturday’s screamer was the second time Kelly had netted for the Honest Men, following his inch-perfect free-kick against Stranraer in the League Cup.

It’s no surprise that this one felt particularly sweet, either, given his pre-match verbal joust with McCrorie.

Unlike some other Gers loanees, including Robby’s brother Ross, Kelly has firmly established himself at his adopted side and the signs look good for him to enjoy a full season in the Championship.

This is his first taste of senior football and he knows that with so many quality midfielders currently at Ibrox, his route to the first team won’t be easy.

For now, though, all he can do is continue to work hard. If he keeps producing quality displays and scoring eye-catching goals, Stevie G will eventually have to act.

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