Rangers tipped to return for ex-Academy star amid good form
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Rangers tipped to return for ex-Academy star amid good form

Rangers have been tipped to make a potential return for ex-Ibrox Academy kid and Motherwell goalkeeper Liam Kelly alongside Old Firm rivals Celtic.

The former Gers stopper, 25, was the subject of high praise from Livingston manager David Martindale ahead of a weekend clash between the Steelmen and the Lions.

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Speaking up the abilities of Liam Kelly, Martindale believes the keeper has all the attributes to play at the top level and his tipped him to turn out for Rangers or Celtic in the future.

Formerly of English Championship side Queen’s Park Rangers, Martindale also reckons Liam Kelly has it within his abilities to return south of the border too.

The talented former Rangers Academy keeper also spent a year at Livingston earlier in his career.

“I’ve no doubt he could get back down the road if he sees that as the next step in his career,” said Martindale [Daily Record].

“Could he go on and play for Celtic or Rangers? I do believe he could.

“I’m glad to see Liam playing every week, I’m gutted it’s not at Livingston.

Ex-Rangers kid Liam Kelly a “top, top keeper” says Martindale

“We’ve kept in touch, he’s someone I consider a good friend. He’s a top, top keeper. He’s doing a fantastic job there.

“But I hope he has an absolute shocker against us. And I’ll tell him that when I see him!

“I believe if he’d stuck it out down there he’d be a Championship keeper.

“But he’s a genuine football guy who’ll take a hit on finances to play every week. You can’t knock him for that.

“I spoke to him this time last year and he said he’d go anywhere for first team football – because he has a hunger to do that.

“But he’s up here now, playing for a top-four club so fair play to him. When he went down there originally I don’t think Liam could turn down the English Championship.

“I made him a fantastic offer here but it was life-changing money for him so QPR was 100 per cent the right move for him at the time.”

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Liam Kelly came through the youth ranks at Rangers but failed to make a single appearance for the club, going out on a string of loan moves to East Fife and Livingston.

In 2018, Kelly would move to Livingston before signing for Mark Warburton at QPR a year later and then returning to Scotland in January 2021 with a view to playing regularly at Motherwell.

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