Promising Rangers loanee makes first start for 'unique' club, produces strong display in a win
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Rangers loanee makes first start, helps 'unique' club to win

Earlier this week, promising Rangers loanee Stephen Kelly helped Salford City to a win on his first start for the EFL League Two club.

After making just two substitute appearances for the Rangers first-team over the first half of the season, it was always likely that Kelly would head out on loan this month.

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Unsurprisingly, a number of clubs were chasing him, but Salford won the battle and he made the move down south for the first time, with his previous loan stints coming at Ayr United and Ross County.

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Upon his arrival, he described Salford as a ‘unique’ club [Salfordcityfc.co.uk], likely a reference to their rapid rise through the divisions since members of Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’ became involved in the club.

He made his debut at the weekend, playing the final 19 minutes of a 2-1 defeat at Bradford City.

The Scotland youth international’s second outing was a more positive experience, though.

Rangers loanee Kelly makes first Salford start in win

On Tuesday night, he was named in the starting XI at Port Vale by manager Gary Bowyer and he played the full 90 minutes of a 1-0 win.

Kelly received a very respectable SofaScore rating of 7.2 for his performance.

His pass accuracy was on the low side at 77%, but he made five tackles, three clearances and blocked one shot, so he was strong defensively.

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The 21-year-old also won five out of eight ground duels and one out of two aerial duels, while he produced one key pass and completed his only attempted cross.

He was booked in the 86th minute as Salford fought to close out their win.

This first victory in three for The Ammies moved them up to tenth in the League Two table, four points outside the playoffs.

Meanwhile, a former Rangers player has been linked with a quartet of English clubs soon after his Ibrox exit.

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