By Saikat Mandal

26th Dec, 2021 | 11:40am

Liam Kelly could play for Rangers - David Martindale

Livingston boss David Martindale has suggested that Liam Kelly is good enough to play for Rangers or Celtic.

The Motherwell goalkeeper is expected to feature against Livingston in the SPFL clash on Sunday.

Kelly joined Motherwell from Livingston two years ago, and his former boss feels he is one of the best in the business.

He reckons that Kelly is doing a “fantastic” job and that he could go on and play for big clubs like Celtic or Rangers.

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

“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.

“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!”

Future move?

Kelly started his youth career with Rangers and didn’t make any senior appearances for the Gers.

He enjoyed a brilliant spell at Livingston and moved to Motherwell in January on loan from Queens Park Rangers.

The 25-year-old was outstanding under Graham Alexander and the Fir Park club worked hard to sign him on a permanent deal.

Kelly is a fantastic goalkeeper but is he good enough to move to his former club?

It will be interesting to see how the goalkeeping situation at Ibrox unfolds at the end of the season.

Alan McGregor is approaching the fag end of his career. At 39, he is still one of the best in the country, and remains the first choice at the club.

However, he could hang up his boots at the end of the season, and Rangers could be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper.

Rangers have two fantastic goalkeepers in Jon McLaughlin and Robby McCrorie, and chances are high that they will be promoted in the absence of McGregor.

In other Rangers news, the club want to sign a ‘Fantastic’ England international who is 28, and could get him to sign a pre-contract once the January window opens on 1st.