Rangers loanee Stephen Kelly has been catching the eye while on loan with Championship side Ayr United – and the midfielder admits that the club has been “delighted” with his progress with the Honest Men.
Kelly headed for Somerset Park at the start of the season and has been a near-constant fixture in the Ayr starting XI under both Ian McCall and Mark Kerr.
With first-team chances at Ibrox limited, Kelly confessed that he’s “more than happy” to remain with Ayr until the end of the season, admitting there”wasn’t much talk” about an early return, and aiding their push for the promotion playoffs.
“There wasn’t much talk about going back to Rangers,” Kelly told Not The Old Firm.
If anything else came up they’d have looked at it but it was always a view to staying here. I was more than happy to stay.
“We’re going week to week, just taking each game as it comes. Rangers have been delighted. Out of the loan ones, I’ve probably played the most. So they are happy with my progress.”
Kelly has made 21 Championship appearances for Ayr, scoring five times and chipping in with a further three assists to help them to third in the table.
It was the midfielder’s goals last weekend which secured a first league win over Inverness CT in seventeen years for Ayr and moved them to just a single point behind Caley in the league.
Another loan move next season with a Premiership club would seem the natural progression for Kelly and, hopefully, his time at Ayr can really help his development in the long term.