Young Rangers midfielder Stephen Kelly has opened up on his loan move away from Ibrox, as quoted by the Scottish Herald.
The 19-year-old midfielder secured a season-long switch to Ayr United earlier this month, as he bids to build up senior experience.
On Saturday, he showed a glimpse of his big potential, getting off the mark in professional football with a stunning free-kick.
Rangers midfielder Stephen Kelly keen to kick on at Ayr
It seems the teenager is enjoying his time so far, and he’s thankful to Steven Gerrard for advising him to take the leap.
“I spoke to the manager and he said that I had done the Reserve side of things so that is probably not going to benefit me as much this season”, said Kelly, as quoted by the Scottish Herald. “If he wanted to keep me here, he could have. But that wasn’t going to benefit my development and I wouldn’t have improved enough by this time next year because I wouldn’t have been getting the games.”
“If I can go and get 25, 30, 40 games, that is going to make me better. When you are coming through, you need to do that Development League stage and you spend a year or so. I did two years. When you start to go into the third or fourth year of playing Reserves, I think you need to move on one way or another.”
Given the strength in depth at Ibrox right now, he was never going to get much of a look in this season, despite his undoubted talent.
Now, though, he has a great chance to show what he’s capable of week in, week out. Ayr’s league campaign kicks off against Greenock Morton on Saturday and the young Ger will be keen to keep his early momentum going.