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.
PICTURE: SEAN GOSLING
Please support your local paper by making a donation
Please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing recently: “A free country needs a free press, and the newspapers of our country are under significant financial pressure”.
So if you have enjoyed reading this story, and if you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can buy our newspaper or make a donation, which will allow us to continue to bring stories like this one to you both in print and online.