Mon. Jun 27th, 2022

STEPHEN KELLY knew exactly what he wanted to do when Scotland’s under-21 team won a free kick against Denmark.

But the midfielder has no idea what will happen next when it comes to the future of his Rangers.

Stephen Kelly spent time on loan after struggling to find a breakthrough at the Rangers.

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Stephen Kelly spent time on loan after struggling to find a breakthrough at the Rangers.Credit: Sun

Midfielder Kelly displayed a surprising strike that put his side ahead at Vejle before the hosts countered to claim a 1-1 draw in the last game under Scot Gemmill on Friday.

However, he has one year left on his contract with Ibrox after his recent lease in Salford City.

The 22-year-old said: “I’ve had one more year with the Rangers, so I’ll report back for pre-season and see what’s going on. I didn’t hear anything, so I’ll go back and take it from there.

“I am 22 now and I am leaving behind the young stage of being a footballer.

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“The next 12 months will be a huge time for me.”

Kelly scored one goal in 21 games as Salford finished 10th in Ligue 2 after previous transfers to Ayr United and Ross County.

“I went to Salford in January. It was a tough league, but I really enjoyed it.

“I thought that if I could go down to Ligue 2 in England, known for being a very physical league and prove myself at that level, it would improve the game and help.

“Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have talked about the place quite often, but I’ve never had a direct deal with them.”

The way Kelly got the ball out of reach of highly regarded Brondby goalie Mads Hermansen underscored the ability he displayed while passing the Ibrox standings.

But despite his efforts, returning to the starting lineup after a 0-0 draw with Belgium five days ago, Kelly has spent more time defending than attacking, watched by players like Thomas Gravesen and Arthur Numan.

His goal in the first half blocked the flow of the game as the Danes threw everything towards Scotland, but the win was denied by some determined defense and his own wasteful finish.

Kelly, too old for the next 21 campaign, added: I hit it well and it went right into the bar.

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“I practice sometimes, but sometimes when I don’t practice, I hit something better! To be honest, it couldn’t have been better than this.

“But for the applications we showed, everything was to the credit of external players.”

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