Livingston have been terrific this season, but they have became victims of their own success recently. Their top players are being taken away from the club. Now goalkeeper Liam Kelly is the latest player to be linked with a move away.
The Sun are reporting that Celtic are after the former Rangers youngster, after a £50,000 buyout clause was inserted into his contract last summer. This has also alerted German club Hamburg, who are reportedly keeping tabs on the situation.
A host of Championship clubs reportedly want the Livi stopper as well. It’s believed Kelly wouldn’t be keen on a move to Parkhead.
Both Celtic and Hamburg offer tantalising career prospects for the goalkeeper. If either of those clubs activate his release clause though, the Livi keeper should decide against joining either of them.
Kelly will want first team football
Celtic have two good goalkeepers at the club in Scott Bain and Craig Gordon. He wouldn’t get into that team right now based on Bain’s form. You can see why he doesn’t want to move to Parkhead.
Hamburg on the other hand is a interesting proposition. The move has worked out for fellow Scotsman David Bates. The goalkeeper may be tempted by the potential of playing for the sleeping German giants.
Die Rothosen are well in the race for a return to the Bundesliga, sitting outside the promotion play-off spot on goal difference. They are also only a point off second place, which secures automatic promotion, with just three games to go.
Their keeper, Julian Pollersbeck, is often played like an 11th outfield player though, and whether Kelly could become that type of player for Hamburg is questionable. He’s decent with his feet, but could he become a sweeper keeper who can help link play from back to front?
He also isn’t guaranteed starts there. He is at the Tony Macaroni Arena though. Staying put for another year wouldn’t be the worst thing for the keeper. He’s had a tremendous season and it’s no surprise that there are plenty of clubs after him.
Many people couldn’t have predicted how well he has done. With such a quick rise to prominence, it’s no surprise if a big money offer turns his head a little.
In footballing terms though, both Celtic and Hamburg aren’t great destinations for Kelly. He’s destined for a big move, so the keeper should hold out for a team who’ll offer him regular football as well as that big financial break.