Rangers Academy midfielder Stephen Kelly took part in an exclusive Q&A session on the Rangers Youth Development Company Twitter last week.
The 19-year-old Scot has agreed a season-long loan deal with Ayr Utd, who he made his competitive Rangers debut against last season, and he hopes the move will make him a better player when he returns.
Check out the highlights of his RYDC session…
Q – David Morrison – What do you think you need to do at Ayr Utd to break into the first team at Rangers?
A – Just to play as many games as I can, obviously contributing goals and assists. I am going to learn and develop my game.
Q – Kimmie – Who do you look up to in the first-team squad?
A – Steven Davis and Scott Arfield – they are really good with me. They are both midfielders who have played in the English premiership. They are always talking to help – on and off the pitch.
Q – And what is your favourite memory as a Rangers player?
A – My debut against Ayr Utd and I was also in the squad – as an unstripped player – when we beat UFA and qualified for the group stage of the Europa League.
Q – Gordon Smith – What extra work do you do to give yourself the best chance at making Rangers (or any team’s) first team?
A – Lots of gym work, strengthening and working with sports scientists.
Q – And what advice would you give to other young footballers looking to make it pro?
A – Just try and enjoy it and believe in yourself.
Q – Mark Kelly – Who inspired you to play football?
A – I always just wanted to play, it was natural.
Q – Sox – Who do you rate as the best player(s) at the Club?
A – I would say the midfielders. They are all good. Hard to pick just one.
Q – Ally More – He is going to the very top and he will come back to us even stronger. Just want to wish you all the luck in the world wee man fantastic attitude – hope you have good luck at Ayr Utd. Fantastic move for you to keep developing even stronger as a player going forward.
A – Thanks for the message Ally, much appreciated.
Q – Curtis – Are you looking forward to being able to play for Ayr United in the Championship and do you believe that this experience will help you improve when you come back from loan?
A – Yes I am looking forward to playing really competitive games. It’s a win-win for me. I get game time there then I can come back here and challenge as hopefully a better player.
Q – Lewis Mayo – Why are you such a gym shark?
A – Don’t think I am going to slow down in the gym now I am stronger than you!
Q – Fiona – did you know much about Ayr United before you signed for them and are you looking forward to a season in probably the most competitive league in Scotland?
A – Ross McCrorie had been there and done well as has Andy Murdoch who used to be here too so I knew a bit about Ayr. I need competitive games and that experience will stand me in good stead for when I return.
Q – Mark Smiley – Who is your all-time favourite Rangers player and why?
A – Barry Ferguson – he had so much passion for the club and was a great player.
Since 2002, RYDC profits have been directed to Rangers Football Club’s youth programme – with almost £8 million provided so far.
And in January, Academy Head Craig Mulholland and youth graduate Glenn Middleton accepted an RYDC donation of £400,000.
For full details on RYDC’s growing portfolio of products – the re-launched Rangers Pools, Rangers Lotto, the new-look half-time draw Union Jackpot, Scratchcards, Stadium Bricks and the Youth Members Club – visit www.rydc.co.uk or call 0141 427 4914.