Premiership side join chase for Rangers midfielder on loan - report
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Premiership side join chase for Rangers midfielder on loan - report

Dundee United have joined Kilmarnock and Tranmere Rovers in the chase to sign Rangers midfielder Stephen Kelly on loan, according to a report, as the Scotland under-21 star looks set to send the second half of the season away from Ibrox.

The Scottish Sun reports that Tannadice side are the latest to express an interest in signing Kelly on loan after failing to feature under Giovanni van Bronckhorst since his arrival at Ibrox in November.

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The midfielder is highly-rated but has struggled to force his way into the first-team this season and a loan move this month would make a lot of sense for him at this stage of his career.

After spending the last two seasons at Ayr and Ross County on loan, Kelly was tipped to break into the first-team after being involved in pre-season but has only mustered 13 minutes of action this season – all coming before Steven Gerrard quit Rangers for Aston Villa.

Kelly impressed in his previous loan spells but has found it hard to force his way into a midfield full of internationals such as Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo.

With the options apparently available, a move to Dundee United would probably be best for Kelly and keep him playing at the highest possible level.

Joining the likes of Kilmarnock or Tranmere would be a bit of a step backwards after spending last season in the Scottish Premiership with Ross County as they avoided relegation.

Wherever he ends up, Kelly needs to get regular games under his belt if his development isn’t going to be hindered.

There’s no doubt there’s a talented player there but he can’t afford to spend too long not playing if he is to fulfil his potential and force his way into the starting XI at Rangers.

The arrival of James Sands could be the catalyst for more players to join the club, as interest heats up in a defender plying his trade in the Eredivisie.

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