Rangers coaches are convinced rising star Stephen Kelly can be the next Ryan Jack after being blown away by his recent development, Football Insider understands.

The 20-year-old is viewed as one of the most promising talents at Ibrox and has agreed a new three-year contract.

A source at the Glasgow giants have told Football Insider that the Gers’ backroom staff have been hugely impressed by Kelly and believe he could make a big impact in the senior side in the coming years.

The hot prospect spent last season on loan at Championship side Ayr, where he played 33 times and won the club’s young player of the year award.

He was handed a new deal running until 2023 upon his return to Ibrox earlier this month before being shipped out temporarily to Premiership outfit Ross County for the 2020/21 campaign.

Despite having played just once for Steven Gerrard in Rangers’ senior side, Kelly has been singled out as a potential first-team star by the manager’s backroom staff.

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The source told Football Insider: “The coaching staff really like him, they see something in him. He’s getting compared to the likes of Ryan Jack and Steven Davis – that’s high praise.” 


Kelly has played at every youth level from the under-16s to the under-21s for Scotland so far including in the under-21 European qualifiers in late 2019.

Having helped Ayr United finish fourth in the Scottish Championship last season, he will be joining a Ross County side who ended the Premiership campaign in 10th.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has delivered his verdict after an English club made a move for a “big name” at Ibrox.

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