QPR keeper makes Motherwell loan move

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

QPR goalkeeper Liam Kelly has joined Motherwell on loan.

The 24-year-old has dropped down the pecking order in west London with Seny Dieng – linked with Arsenal, Leeds and Crystal Palace this week – firmly established as first pick.

Kelly is under contract with Rangers until 2023 but has not made a first-team appearance this season – he is the sixth different stopper who has been on the Steelmen’s books this season.

The Glasgow-born keeper has pushed for a temporary exit to try and boost his chances of making Scotland’s squad for next summer’s European Championships.

Kelly broke into the international fold while playing for Livingston and Gary Holt – his boss at the time – has backed Motherwell’s decision to turn to Kelly.

He said: “Liam is desperate to play football and that’s a good trait to have, he’s not just happy to sit on the bench and collect a wage.

“He wants to play every Saturday and Motherwell will get the benefit from that.

“He’s a very good goalkeeper. He’s very professional about everything he needs to do to be a top goalkeeper – preparation, training and mentality. The pleasing thing was that he trained everyday like it was a game, he hates losing.

“He lets his defenders know that but he goes about it in the right way. You see goalkeepers shouting and balling when people make a mistake but it’s very pleasing that Liam does it correctly and is dedicated to his profession.”

QPR’s match at Luton has been rescheduled for January 12.

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