Stephen Kelly scores double – is the midfielder what we’ve been missing?
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Stephen Kelly scores double – is the midfielder what we’ve been missing?

Rangers youngster Stephen Kelly scored a double for a Rangers XI against a Brentford B team yesterday.

Gareth McAuley, Nikola Katic, Lee Wallace, Jordan Rossiter and Glenn Middleton all started the match at Ibrox yesterday. They all got vital minutes on the pitch.

The Rangers XI: B. McCrorie; Houston, Katic, McAuley, Wallace; R. McCrorie, Rossiter; Atakayi, Kelly, Middleton; Dallas

Stephen Kelly turned the game on its head with the Gers trailing 1-0, scoring two in the first half to make it 2-1. Czech international Zamburek had given Brentford the lead. Kelly then missed a penalty early in the second which would’ve earned him a hattrick.

Brentford equalised with eight minutes to go through trialist Kolbeinn Finnsson. Academy prospect Dapo Mebude then won the game at the death for Rangers after a Nikola Katic header.

But it was Kelly who stole the headlines. And with Rangers struggling for goals and creativity in the centre of park, is it time Kelly got a chance in the First Team?

Perhaps too young just now but could still help fill void

Stephen Kelly has already broke through to the Rangers side this season, earning a cameo against Ayr United in the league cup.

But the 18 year old youngster hasn’t really had the chance beyond that. But he’s clearly highly thought of at Ibrox. Gerrard secured Kelly on a three-year deal earlier in the season.

And he was there to see Kelly score the double.

Are we going to be seeing more of Stephen Kelly this season? (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Reports have linked Rangers with the likes of Steven Davis and Lewis Macleod recently. But with a busy few months before the January window, Kelly might get the chance of more game time. Rangers fans have been bemoaning a lack of real creative quality in midfield and Kelly certainly fits that playmaker mould.

But it’s important young players are blooded into the team and we don’t expect too much too soon.

Stephen Kelly could be the answer to our creative problems in the short-term, but he could also be a real asset to this Rangers squad in the long term.

Getting that balance right at this stage is essential to ensuring the latter.

But will we see more of Kelly sooner rather than later?