Rangers loanees Kelly and McCrorie praised by Ayr manager McCall
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Rangers loanees Kelly and McCrorie praised by Ayr manager McCall

In an interview with Ayr United Media, Ian McCall has praised two Rangers loanees, only one of whom turned out for his team.

Ayr defeated Queen of the South at a sunny Cappielow on Saturday, courtesy of a stunning volley from Stephen Kelly.

It was the 19-year-old Gers’ second goal of his stint with the Honest Men after he scored an eye-catching free-kick earlier this month. 

Kelly is looking to show that he has what it takes to make it with Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The midfielder’s 26th-minute strike yesterday was too good for a player he has featured alongside for Gers development sides: Robby McCrorie.

However, while the Scotland U21 keeper was unable to keep a clean sheet, he too impressed McCall with his performance.

Rangers loanees Kelly and McCrorie earn praise

“The pitch was a bit sticky, which doesn’t suit how we play,” said McCall. “Consequently, two or three of the ball players didn’t reach the heights that they can. Although, I thought Forrest and Kelly did. I thought they were terrific.”

“I thought McCrorie had an unbelievable save from Forrest, I’m right behind it and it was right in the top corner!

“It was a touch of absolute class from Kelly to win the game for us. Total technique and he’s a wonderful footballer. Very un-Scottish in how he plays, he looks forward all the time. I love him to death, I think he’s magic to watch.”



This is high praise indeed from McCall, especially for Kelly.

The teenager has only been at Ayr for a month, but it’s clear he’s made a huge impact and has nailed down a starting spot for the second-tier outfit. Hopefully, he can continue to churn out these sorts of displays and perhaps, with a season of playing time and development under his belt, he’ll soon be able to claim a Rangers first-team shirt.

As for McCrorie, it’s great to earn praise from an opposing manager. The 21-year-old is seen as a future Ibrox no.1 and while he’s only registered one clean sheet since joining QoS, they have only lost two of the seven fixtures he has played.