Ayr United fans have raved about Stephen Kelly after the loanee signalled his return to Rangers with a farewell post on Twitter.
The 20-year-old joined the Honest Men at the start of the season, looking to gain senior experience in the second tier of Scottish football and he impressed at Somerset Park.
He netted his first professional goal during a League Cup fixture against Stranraer in July and quickly became a permanent fixture in midfield.
Even after Ian McCall left the club to take over as Partick Thistle manager in September, Kelly continued to star under new boss Mark Kerr.
He went on to make 33 appearances in all competitions scoring six times in what was one of the most successful loan spells of any Gers player this season.
Ayr were sitting fourth in the Championship and therefore in line for a playoff spot before the season was brought to an early end amid the global health crisis.
The decision to bring the season to a close deprived Kelly of the chance to say farewell to the fans on the pitch, so he has taken to social media to thank the club for the opportunity.
‘Would like to thank everyone at Ayr United,” read the tweet. “Loved playing for them this season and wish them all the best for the future.”
He received plenty of praise in response from supporters who were delighted with the quality and application he showed across the campaign.
Here’s a selection of reactions:
The Scottish De Bruyne, good luck wee man. Quality player, always welcome back at Somerset!⚽️👍🏼
— Craig Payne (@Payneeee17) May 6, 2020
One of our best players this season, best of luck 👍
— Lawrence Grace (@fridayfootie) May 6, 2020
— Garry Savage (@motley123rock) May 6, 2020
Hopefully see u next year if ur back out loan, wish u all best in the future Stephen, gave 110% every week hopefully going have a very successful career at rangers! Top man
— ryan mclaughlin (@ryanyedo89) May 6, 2020
Put in some great shifts, always looking for the ball, scored some great goals and won us some games. 👍🏻 All the best.🏁
— Obi Jim Kenobi 🏴 (@ObiJimKenobi) May 6, 2020
Best of luck. Great attitude for a loan player.
— British Jock QC (@AyrGJH) May 6, 2020
All the best Stephen honour to have you in an ayr shirt pic.twitter.com/iyVqk8ArBZ
— scottish_wolf (@WolfCannell) May 6, 2020
Thank you for your excellent contribution to the Ayr United cause, Stephen. All the very best for your career.
— Gerry (@Gerry28709901) May 6, 2020
Best of luck with your career Stephen you have the ability to go far
— Ian Smith (@iansmith5658) May 7, 2020