By Daniel Feliciano

15th Jan, 2022 | 1:10pm

Stephen Kelly reveals phone call from Paul Scholes sealed loan move from Rangers

Rangers youngster Stephen Kelly has revealed a phone call from Paul Scholes convinced him to leave and join Salford on loan.

Kelly completed a season-long loan move to the League Two outfit recently and the 21-year-old is looking for regular game time to display his skills.

But the midfielder has revealed to The Scottish Sun that it was a phone call from club owner and Manchester United legend Scholes that sealed the deal for him.

“I had already spoken to the manager and I got a good feel for the club from him,” he said.

“I also had a chat with the director of football, and then I got a call from Paul Scholes. That was really good of him.

“The manager told me they had done their homework on me and they had watched a lot of videos of me playing.

“They felt they needed a player like me because they didn’t have anyone like that in their squad.”


This is a chance for Kelly to impress, but also put himself into the shop window if necessary.

Kelly is 21 now and while he name-checked Nathan Patterson as someone who has shown there is a pathway into the first-team at Ibrox, the likelihood of Kelly breaking through at this point is tough.

A move to Salford gives him the chance to show his qualities south of the border and if the opportunity to break into the Rangers side doesn’t present itself then he will have performed in front of a bigger audience than if he’d opted to stay in Scotland.

He will have the chance to make his debut for the club against Bradford this weekend as Salford chase promotion to League One.

Kelly has made three appearances for the Bears first-team so far, but none this season.

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