Alan Hutton has revealed that the coaching staff at Rangers are excited about the potential of young midfielder Stephen Kelly.
The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has lauded the Ibrox starlet for his rapid development, which has included a loan spell at Ayr United this season.
The 20-year-old established himself as a regular starter at the Scottish Championship side and was recently named the club’s young player of the year.
🏆 | The Ayr United Young Player of the Year, as voted for by our supporters, is midfielder Stephen Kelly.
— Ayr United (@AyrUnitedFC) May 31, 2020
Hutton believes sending Kelly out on loan was the best thing for the youngster and has revealed the likes of reserve team coach Peter Lovenkrands has high hopes for the midfielder.
Hutton told Football Insider: “You always get excited about the young players, I’ve heard a few things about him from Peter and that as one of the exciting players coming through.
“This is ideal in my opinion – boys going out and playing 30, 35 games a season, coming back battle-hardened, that’s what they need. I’ve been there before.
“See when you’re going into the first-team for the first time, it’s like a shock to the system, it’s difficult. If you’ve gone out for seasons and played and you know what to expect, it makes you feel so much better.
“For the youngsters, it’s a great move. Of course he’s one for the future – to go out on loan in a tough league and get young player of the year, it speaks volumes. I’m sure Rangers will be watching him very closely.”
Kelly has played just once for the Gers’ senior side to date, Steven Gerrard handing him a 21-minute runout in a League Cup win over Ayr back in 2018.
He made a total of 33 appearances, six goals and four assists under his belt for Ayr this season.
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