He’d be happy if QPR wanted him as part of their plans – but Liam Kelly would be more than willing to explore the possibility of a Motherwell future too.
The goalkeeper has been immense for Motherwell since arriving in January from QPR, bringing solidity to the goalkeeping department, six first-team keepers coming in and out of Fir Park this season. But now they have an undisputed number one.
Manager Graham Alexander wants to keep him next season and Kelly is open to that: “My future is still so unknown. It’s on QPR’s terms as I’m their player for the next two years so they’ll decide. But I do know I want to play. If that’s at QPR, brilliant.
“If Motherwell is an option then it’s something that I’d strongly consider as well. You want to be somewhere that you want appreciated and Motherwell feels like home for me. I’m a Glasgow boy and it’s 20 minutes away from here. It’s perfect and I’m loving it.”
His latest display was in a 1-0 win over St Mirren, becoming the first goalkeeper to save a Jamie McGrath penalty this term. But the QPR loanee isn’t taking much credit: “He’s obviously a brilliant penalty taker and I don’t think he’s missed many.
“I need to give a big shout out to my goalkeeping coach Craig Hinchcliffe and Ross Clarkson, who does our analysis, as they sent me the work over. McGrath is such a difficult one to gauge as he doesn’t pick a side. He waits on you to move and decides after that so you have to stand your ground for as long as you can.
“Eberechi Eze, who is now at Crystal Palace, did the same at Queen’s Park Rangers and I did a lot of practice with him. I took a lot of that training into the match and I’m delighted it helped the team get the win.”
There’s a Scotland place on his mind too. Euro 2020 is on the horizon in eight weeks time and Kelly has been called up to the national team once before. He hasn’t ruled out potentially joining ‘Well teammates Declan Gallagher and Stephen O’Donnell at the major tournament.
He said: “I’ve got a hope like every other player in Scotland but the quality of goalies in Scotland is just so good. The three goalkeepers in there are brilliant and there are three other goalies that could come in before me. I’m just really happy here at Motherwell and if I keep my form going then hopefully the Scotland coach likes it.”
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