Former Rangers player Liam Kelly has expressed his disappointment following Motherwell’s defeat to St Johnstone at the weekend, with the ex-Ger’s Premiership return not going according to plan [Not The Old Firm].
Kelly came up through the youth system at Ibrox and made a number of first-team matchday squads.
However, he was ultimately unable to break into the XI and after loan spells at East Fife and Livingston, he headed to West Lothian on a permanent deal.
One impressive full season in the top flight with Livi was enough to earn him a move down south to QPR to work with former Gers boss Mark Warburton in 2019, but he returned to the Premiership in January, joining Motherwell on loan until the end of the season.
When he arrived, Kelly said he was looking to play regularly and help the struggling Steelmen start picking up points [Motherwellfc.o.uk].
However, while he has managed to establish himself as the no.1 keeper, his adopted side haven’t been able to pull away from a relegation scrap.
The appointment of Graham Alexander brought about a brief improvement in results but after a 4-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Hamilton was backed up by a 3-0 loss at the hands of St Johnstone at Fir Park on Saturday afternoon, things are looking bleak once more and Kelly is fuming.
“We’ve been soft, passive – everything the manager doesn’t want us to be,” he said after the latest defeat [Not The Old Firm]. “Everything we’ve not been prior to Hamilton. I don’t know what to say, I’m just embarrassed by the whole thing.”
“When you go on the pitch, it’s got to mean absolutely everything to you. It’s inexcusable, we can’t defend that performance. We got what we deserved. It was horrible. The first half was so bad and I’m really embarrassed, to be honest.”
“It’s the same players who were training at a much higher level all week, myself included, I’m not any different to anyone else. All 11 of us need to take a long hard look at ourselves because it’s not good enough. There wasn’t a reaction to last week.”
Motherwell have struggled at both ends of the pitch for much of the season and Kelly has only managed to keep one clean sheet in nine appearances since his arrival in the winter window.
He will be looking to improve on those numbers in the coming weeks but the Steelmen face a tough run of fixtures to the split, with three of their next four Premiership matches away from home.
Allan McGregor is having a much better time of it between the sticks for Rangers, and a stat recently emerged that showed just how superior he’s been to his opposite number at Celtic this season.