Rangers loanee affected as Premiership manager sacked immediately after defeat
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Rangers loanee affected as Premiership manager sacked immediately after defeat

Rangers loanee Stephen Kelly has been affected after Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell was sacked less than an hour after a defeat against Hamilton [Ross County FC Twitter].

The Staggies were downed 2-0 by Accies in Dingwall on Saturday afternoon as their woeful form continues.

Stuart Kettlewell was sacked after a home defeat to Hamilton. (Photo by Bruce White/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Highlands club haven’t won in the Premiership since mid-September and the defeat at the hands of their fellow relegation candidates ensures they’re now four points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Gers loanee Kelly had started the last four league matches for which he was eligible but he was dropped for Saturday’s game, which turned out to be Kettlewell’s last in charge.

The former County player was initially appointed as co-manager alongside Steve Ferguson in 2018, before taking sole control of the side in the summer.

The club released a statement confirming the decision via their Twitter account at 5.16pm, less than an hour after the final whistle was blown in Dingwall.

Kelly, who shone on loan at Ayr United last season and is one of the most highly-rated young players the Rangers academy have produced in recent seasons, now faces uncertainty.

Rangers loanee Stephen Kelly faces uncertainty at Ross County following Kettlewell’s sacking. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

The midfielder’s loan deal should remain in place until the end of the season but he faces the prospect of having to impress a new manager once an appointment is made.

Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard has labelled one of his substitutes ‘outstanding’ after the 3-1 comeback win over Motherwell.