Stephen Kelly has posted on Twitter after agreeing to leave Rangers this summer on loan, joining Scottish Championship side Ayr United for the 2019-20 campaign.
The 19-year-old midfielder is on the fringes of Steven Gerrard’s first-team squad, after making his debut in the Scottish League Cup last season – against his new side Ayr, as Rangers won 4-0.
Kelly has also been involved in the senior team during pre-season, and was expected to break into team over the course of the next 12 months. But Gerrard’s activity in the transfer window may have ended his chances.
Indeed, Gerrard has brought in Steven Davis on a permanent basis, as well as Joe Aribo from Charlton and that may have convinced Kelly to get some game time on loan. He posted on Twitter, after joining Ayr.
Looking forward to a new challenge👍🏻⚽️ https://t.co/L7keMkIcvG
— Stephen (@stephenkelly_50) July 10, 2019
TBR’s view – Kelly needs game time for Rangers chance
It was the best outcome for Kelly. Still only 19 years of age, he is yet to go on loan and this season with Ayr will either make or break the Scotland Under-19 international.
If he can become a first-team regular and break into the senior side at Ayr, then the chances are that he will be pushed higher in the reckoning by Gerrard. But a failure to impress, and he may be sent out on loan again.