Rangers midfielder Stephen Kelly is reportedly a man in demand this transfer window with English League Two side Salford City to join the hunt for his signature.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been training with the Ibrox first team this season following successful loan spells with Ayr United and Ross County respectively.
But with gametime limited in a competitive midfield, Stephen Kelly is heading the list of players reportedly set to leave Rangers on loan this January.
According to the Daily Record, the EFL2 side are in talks with Rangers over a loan as they look to aid their push out of mid-table mediocrity in the English fourth tier.
Bankrolled by the famous Man United class of ’92, Stephen Kelly would have the chance to star in Gary Bowyer’s side but they are not the only club with interest in the player.
Salford City one of several clubs tailing Rangers talent Stephen Kelly
Divisional rivals Tranmere Rovers – who have signed Josh McPake on loan this window – have been linked alongside Scottish Championship pair Kilmarnock and Dunfermline Athletic.
A move to Rugby Park also has an extra appeal given Killie have just appointed former Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes to aid their own promotion charge.
But whatever the case, the Record report claims that Rangers are looking to move the midfielder on as he looks to get vital minutes heading into the second half of the season.
Stephen Kelly is contracted to Ibrox until 2023 and remains highly-rated at the club even if he hasn’t made a proper breakthrough into the first team as things stand.
There’s still time for Stephen Kelly to make his name at Rangers but in a competitive midfield position opportunities continue to be limited and a loan move appears sensible in the second half of the campaign.
The Scotland youth international’s position isn’t helped by the fact Rangers’ newest signing is also naturally a defensive midfielder.