According to Football Scotland, Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon is lining up a second Rangers loan swoop after admitting earlier this week that he’d like to build a relationship with the Gers.
Former Dundee United boss Mellon began a second spell in charge of Tranmere in the summer and then Rovers hosted the Gers in a pre-season match.
Earlier this week, they snapped up the ‘very very highly’ rated Josh McPake on loan until the end of the season, after he had been recalled from an unsuccessful spell at Morecambe.
Manager eyeing Rangers relationship
Mellon was delighted with that swoop and said that “building relationships with clubs like Rangers is one way we believe we can keep moving things forward” [Tranmererovers.co.uk].
It looks like he’s pushing for a bigger connection already, too, with Football Scotland reporting that Tranmere now also have their sights set on a temporary deal for Stephen Kelly.
Just as was the case with McPake, though, they will face competition, with Kilmarnock also credited with interest.
Kelly has been around the first-team group at Ibrox all season but has only made two substitute appearances and it’s reportedly been decided that he needs to head out elsewhere to get regular playing time over the second half of the campaign.
Would a relationship with Tranmere suit Gers?
It may not be a bad idea for Rangers to enter into a semi-formal agreement with an EFL club, given how many players the club tend to send out on loan each season.
However, while a League Two promotion push may offer good learning opportunities, ideally, the likes of McPake and Kelly would be playing at a slightly higher level than the English fourth tier.
What’s more, while Mellon may be in favour of this kind of relationship, it may not be to the taste of future Tranmere managers, and these days, it’s dangerous to assume that one individual will hold onto his post for any significant period of time.
Given that the key thing for Kelly over the next few months is simply getting minutes, though, it may be a decent move for him to head down to Tranmere, rather than joining Killie and playing on the artificial surface at Rugby Park.