RANGERS’ only goalscorer Stephen Kelly couldn’t hide his disappointment after the Development side were defeated 3-1 by Burnley at Ibrox in the final game of the 2017/18 season.
The midfielder, a regular in the team this campaign, grabbed his first Ibrox goal of the season early on in the first half as the Gers set the early pace in the game against the Premier League outfit.
Glenn Middleton worked the ball into the box from the right wing and good movement from Kelly inside the penalty box presented him with the perfect opportunity to break the deadlock and he made no mistake – firing first time with his right boot to leave the goalkeeper no chance.
Billy Kirkwood’s boys were in total control of the match until they conceded in the 35th minute and they lost their way from that point forward. But Kelly is still able to take the positive aspects of the 90 minutes to reflect on.
He said: “I thought we dominated the game for large spells, creating a lot of chances, but we wasted too many chances and in the end we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal. I was pleased to score my first goal at Ibrox this season so it was good, but I’m just disappointed with the rest of the game.
We started really well, in the first half an hour, then they get their goal and got their second right before half-time so we went in disappointed at half-time. A few times we’ve struggled in games like that this season so I think it is something we need to improve on as a group.
“The Games Programme has been good. We’ve had a lot of good goals, results and performances. We had a good performance today, it’s just the result is disappointing to end the season.”
The energetic central midfielder has had a great individual season and like the rest of the squad and indeed the coaches, he can take huge credit for performances and results that have been achieved against the best youth teams in England, Spain, Germany and elsewhere on the continent.