Daily Record journalist Steven Mair has talked up the possibility of Liam Kelly making a ‘fairytale’ return to Rangers this summer.
The 26-year-old came through the youth ranks at Ibrox before he was offloaded to Livingston four years ago. From there, he moved to Queen’s Park Rangers, and then onto current club Motherwell.
Rangers may need a new ‘keeper this summer, with the veteran Allan McGregor reportedly set to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Kelly still has just under two-and-a-half years left to run on his deal at Fir Park, and he is valued at just £405,000 by Transfermarkt.
In pinpointing potential successors to McGregor at Rangers for the Daily Record, Mair claimed that Rangers realise Kelly has ‘plenty of peak years’ ahead of him. Furthermore, he is a particularly ‘great option’ for Giovanni van Bronckhorst if he ‘wants to go down the route’ of a ball-playing ‘keeper.
Kelly was ‘cut adrift’ by the Light Blues in 2018, so Mair wrote that ‘it would be the stuff of fairytales’ if the 26-year-old came back and assumed the number one spot. However, the journalist warned that he ‘wouldn’t come cheap’, which will surely be a consideration for the Gers.
It was only at the weekend that Kelly faced off with his former club at Ibrox, and he certainly gave a good account of himself, making seven saves (five from inside the penalty area) to earn a team-high SofaScore rating of 8.0/10.
Mair described one save from James Tavernier as a ‘worldie’ but stressed that he’s produced a multitude of ‘wow’ moments over the course of the campaign.
In addition to his eye-catching saves and passing range, Kelly also boasts intangible attributes. For instance, WhoScored cite ‘concentration’ as a strength of his, while Mair noted that the goalkeeper is ‘largely seen as a great influence’ in the dressing room at Fir Park.
Therefore, it should come as no great surprise that he is being talked up as the possible successor to McGregor at Rangers.
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