Rangers youngster Stephen Kelly made his Scottish Premiership debut over the weekend as the midfielder came off the bench for Ross County.

The highly-rated 20-year-old was a second-half substitute as the Staggies were held to a 1-1 draw away to 10-man St. Mirren.

Stephen Kelly made his Rangers debut against Ayr United back in September 2018. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It is the first time Kelly has appeared in the dark blue of Ross County since joining the club on-loan from Rangers in the summer.

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The move to Scottish Premiership Ross County represented a significant step up for the youngster who spent last season on loan in the Championship with Ayr United.

It was an impressive campaign for Kelly who managed five goals and three assists in 27 appearances for the Honest Men.

 

But such has been County’s impressive start to the season in the top tier chances have been at a premium for the youngster who is contracted to Rangers until 2023.

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This move was viewed as a positive one in his development as Kelly looks to get much-needed experience playing top-level football.

Kelly is a Scotland U21 international and will be hoping to press on and make a stronger impression on both Stuart Kettlewell and Steve Ferguson at County.

Kelly – pictured here as an U19 – is also a Scottish youth international and has two U21 caps. (Photo by Lukasz Sobala/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

Kelly wasn’t the only Rangers youngster making his Scottish Premiership debut this weekend either, with 18-year-old Nathan Patterson also playing in the top tier of Scottish football for the first time.

The young full-back came off the bench for Rangers in the 2-0 win over Kilmarnock.

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