By Alex McLeish

2nd Sep, 2021 | 8:26pm

McLeish: Rangers starlet loved by Davis 'needs to play' after journalist's training reveal

Alex McLeish has insisted Stephen Kelly needs to be given the chance to play after remaining at Rangers past the transfer deadline.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers manager suggested the 21-year-old would be looking to learn off and emulate Steven Davis.

As detailed by the Athletic’s Jordan Campbell (30th August), Kelly remained at Ibrox after impressing Steven Gerrard both in pre-season and in training.

He spent last season on loan at Ross County.

As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Gers veteran Davis revealed he “really likes” Kelly as a player and insisted he has a “big career” ahead of him.

McLeish suggested following in the Northern Ireland legend’s footsteps at Ibrox would be Kelly’s “ultimate dream”.

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However, he suggested the youngster needs to be given game time to reach his full potential.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “They’ve got so many midfielders, including young guys who have done well in pre-season like Kelly.

“He must be fighting six or seven midfielders to try and get into the first team.

“I guess Kelly will be looking up to guys like Steven Davis and saying is he that type of player?

“Can he become a legend like Davis is? I guess that would be his ultimate dream for Rangers.

“What he does need is football matches. He needs to play games to make him better.

“That’s what has made the Scottish national team players better. The higher the level they play, and if they’re playing consistently, they’ll get better.”

Kelly has played twice for Rangers so far this term, totalling 13 minutes of action.

He has a total of three first-team appearances under his belt for the Glasgow giants.

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