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.

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Kelly in action against St. Mirren for the Staggies (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

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.

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Kelly warming up ahead of facing St. Mirren (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

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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.

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