Ex-Rangers player thriving as vice-captain of Premiership club
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Ex-Rangers player thriving as vice-captain of Premiership club

Former Rangers player Liam Kelly is currently thriving as vice-captain of fellow Premiership club Motherwell.

Kelly came up through the youth ranks at Ibrox and made the bench for the first team during the 2014/15 season.

Liam Kelly in Championship action for Queen’s Park Rangers against Leeds in 2019. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

However, after loan spells at East Fife and Livingston, he was sold to the latter for an undisclosed fee in June 2018.

After a season at the Tony Macaroni Arena, he linked up with former Gers boss Mark Warburton at QPR but couldn’t hold down a place in the team and returned to Scottish football in January, joining Motherwell on loan.

He immediately established himself as the no.1 keeper at Fir Park and after making the switch permanent during the summer transfer window, the 25-year-old was named vice-captain of the Steelmen.

Kelly never got a chance to show what he could do for Rangers in the Premiership but now he’s shining in the league.

Motherwell’s relatively leaky defence has ensured he isn’t near the top of the clean sheet standings with just five [SPFL], but he has kept more than Allan McGregor so far this season and has seven to his name when League Cup shutouts are added in.

Former Rangers keeper Liam Kelly is thriving as vice-captain of Premiership club Motherwell. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, his save percentage of 76.8 is superior to both McGregor (72.4) and Jon McLaughlin’s (58.3), while only Craig Gordon has made more saves in the Scottish top-flight so far this season [FBref].

He wasn’t able to keep a clean sheet at Celtic Park on Sunday as Motherwell lost 1-0, but he did pull off the latest in a long line of eye-catching reaction stops from a deflected David Turnbull shot.

Motherwell branded the stop ‘world class’ and ‘outrageous’ and their supporters showered him with further praise.

Kelly was no doubt gutted when his time at Rangers came to an end without him making a senior appearance, but the 25-year-old, who was called up by Scotland earlier this year, is really kicking on with his career.

If he keeps this kind of form up, who knows, he could find himself back at Ibrox in a few years.

Meanwhile, a Rangers loanee has admitted he has to ‘stop being as rash’ following a costly red card