Glasgow Rangers youngster Stephen Kelly delighted the Ibrox faithful with a hat-trick in a behind closed doors friendly.
A number of Rangers fans have expressed their excitement about Stephen Kelly’s potential after the midfielder scored a stunning hat-trick for the Gers in a behind closed doors friendly win over Ayr on Tuesday.
While Steven Gerrard led his side to a 4-0 win in Gibraltar in a Europa League qualifier, those left behind stormed to an even more emphatic win, with the Light Blues running out 6-1 victors against a strong Ayr side.
The likes of Jamie Murphy, Eros Grezda and Graham Dorrans looked set to steal the majority of the headlines just because of their involvement in the game. But Kelly took the chance to stake a real claim to Gerrard ahead of the coming campaign.
The 19-year-old – who made his professional debut for the Gers against the same opposition last season – bagged a treble, including a stunning a free-kick to largely overshadow the first-team players involved.
And following the win, plenty of fans have suggested that they have been given further proof that Kelly is one player to keep a very close eye out for in the coming years as he is clearly a special talent.
With Rangers boasting so much midfield depth, the supporters are not getting carried away, but plenty believe that a loan move could make a huge difference for the teenager as he looks to really prove himself to Gerrard and eventually get into the first-team fold.
Here is how some of the fans reacted to the youngster’s hat-trick…
Superb @stephenkelly_50— Mark RFC Smiley (@7Smiley77) July 9, 2019
well done Stephen, cracking start to pre season for you, hope you get the right loan move to suit your style— Scott Cameron (@Cammy26_2) July 10, 2019
Good win for the Development team earlier today against Ayr United. Stephen Kelly scored one of the best free-kicks I have seen in a while & bagged another two goals to get his hat-trick & further goals from Dapo, Andy Dallas & Jamie Murphy made it a pretty comfortable afternoon.— Willy (@SpatestonBear2) July 9, 2019
Think he’s gonna be special.— Duke Caboom (@NeillyC99) July 9, 2019
Got to be looking at getting Stephen Kelly out on loan somewhere so he can play competitively over a season. He looks a real player— Loan Rangers (@LoanRangers55) July 9, 2019
Bit disappointed Kelly hasn’t been involved recently. Looks a player every time I’ve watched him.— Alexander Walker (@AlexWalker1998) July 9, 2019
Good to see young Stephen amongst the goals. Unfortunate he is pushing for a slot in what is probably our strongest area of the team just now. Nae doubt this boy has talent. Just about how best to nurture it.— RedJam (@jayluccamarley) July 9, 2019