By Alex McLeish

17th Jun, 2022 | 7:00am

Phil Foden cited in Rangers 'superstar' claim after reveal - McLeish

Alex McLeish has insisted young players have to become “superstars” to make the grade at Rangers with Stephen Kelly’s future up in the air.

The former Gers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, compared the demands on academy products at Ibrox to those at Manchester City.

As quoted by the Daily Record (11 June), Kelly revealed he is unsure where his future lies as he heads into the final 12 months of his Rangers contract.

The academy product was sent out on loan to Salford City in January.

With Kelly’s future on the line, McLeish admitted the demands at Rangers mean only the best prospects will forge a future at Ibrox.

He insisted it is similar to Phil Foden’s emergence at Manchester City.

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“The demands on Rangers and Celtic are that these kids are turned into superstars,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“That’s what, as a coach, analyst or chief scout, you have to recognis. That these guys are going to make the grade. Let’s compare it to Man City and Phil Foden.

“Man City don’t get a lot of guys coming through the conveyor belt. Phil Foden did because he’s playing at an absolute world-class level. Payers that are below that level will just not make it at these clubs.

“I can say the same about Rangers, maybe at a lower level. You’re not a Man City’s level, maybe a lower level. That’s why there’s a high standard.”

Kelly has played three times for Rangers’ senior side to date.

He has had loan spells at Salford, Ross County and Ayr United.

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