RANGERS youngster Stephen Kelly has revealed a phone call from a Manchester United legend sold him on a move to Salford.

The midfielder, 21, had already held positive discussions with Gary Bowyer over a loan switch, but when Paul Scholes called himself Kelly was set on a move to England.

Scholes is co-owner of the League Two side alongside fellow United heroes Nicky Butt, the Nevilles and Ryan Giggs.

And he took time out to call Kelly to discuss his prospective loan move before the deal was finalised on Wednesday.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, Kelly explained: “I had already spoken to the manager and I got a good feel for the club from him.

“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.

“Paul said the same thing when I spoke to him.

“Any player will tell you, when you hear that from a manager, that he really wants you to play for his team then it’s great for your confidence.

“So my mind was made up pretty quickly after that.”

It's a third loan spell for Kelly, who has also played for Ayr United and Ross County on temporary terms.

But this time he decided to head down south for game time despite having options to stay in Scotland.

He added: “It’s a hugely exciting move for me and something different.

“It’s a loan deal until the end of the season, but when I saw and heard about the ambition of Salford I thought it would be a really good experience for me.

“I had other options, I could have stayed up in Scotland, but I thought it was time to try something new.sn