Rangers loanee Stephen Kelly suffered late heartache yesterday as a soft penalty saw St. Mirren snatch three points against Kelly’s County at SMISA Stadium. [Match Report]
The Staggies were looking to build on last weekend’s 1-0 win over Celtic and further propel themselves away from the foot of the Premiership and ease their relegation fears.
John Hughes’ side were lucky to go in level at the break after a stunning save from Ross Laidlaw denied St. Mirren what looked like a surefire opener before ex-Rangers keeper Jak Alnwick made one of his own after the break.
With County in the ascendancy, it looked as though they were going to return to the Highlands with a creditable point against top-six chasing St. Mirren before a very soft penalty award by referee Greg Aiken changed the complexion of the game.
Kelly put in a good shift for the Staggies, anchoring the midfield alongside Charlie Lakin and the Scotland under-21 international looks to developing into a really good midfielder.
While he might be a bit away from competing for a place in the squad at Ibrox, another loan move next season might just be the final step he needs to regularly challenge.
Steven Gerrard is clearly a big fan of the midfielder and if he keeps doing what he’s been doing so far this season, he’ll have a massive future at Rangers.
One Rangers loanee was sent off for the first time in his career this weekend after fouling a fellow Ger who was making a comeback following a breach of Covid regulations.