Liam Kelly is set to leave Livingston this summer, after activating a release clause in his contract. Bringing in Robby McCrorie to help replace him would be a good move by the West Lothian side.
The club and its fans will be gutted to lose Kelly. He’s been an ever-present this season, featuring 36 times in league action as Livi impressed on their return to Scotland’s top flight.
Back-up goalkeeper Ross Stewart is highly thought of at the club. Despite this, Gary Holt still needs to replace Kelly with another keeper. After losing someone as good as him, it would be wise to have two good goalkeepers competing for the number one spot.
One move that could work is enquiring about the availability of Rangers stopper McCrorie.
McCrorie provides good competition
It is likely that Stewart will get the chance during pre-season and the Betfred Cup at least to claim Kelly’s position. The ex-Motherwell youngster is a decent shot-stopper and can move the ball a bit with his feet, something Kelly was able to do effectively.
McCrorie could come in to challenge him, maybe even take the number one spot from him at some point. A loan deal for the Rangers prospect could work out nicely for Holt.
The stopper spent the latter half of last season at Morton in the Championship. He managed to keep six clean sheets in 15 league appearances. That includes a run of three straight towards the end of the campaign. Before he arrived, the Ton had kept just four in the league all season.
McCrorie has good handling of the ball and can pop up with vital blocks at crucial times. His ability to keep three straight clean sheets during Morton’s most important games of the season shows he can handle big game pressure.
Having both Stewart and McCrorie at the Tony Macaroni Arena would provide healthy competition in the goalkeeper department. If Holt could bring the former Ton loanee to West Lothian, he’d have two able replacements for his departed number one.