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.
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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.
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.
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