Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was widely expected to sell either Wes Foderingham or Jak Alnwick this summer after signing Allan McGregor – but Liam Kelly’s reported move to Livingston could change the Gers’ transfer plans.
According to the Scottish Sun, Kelly is set to sign got the Lions on a two-year deal after falling to fourth-choice goalkeeper behind McGregor, Foderingham and Alnwick.
Academy keeper Robby McCrorie – next in line behind Kelly – is expected to go out on loan this summer so selling one of the senior shot-stoppers would leave the Gers a bit short should something happen.
Despite not making any appearances for the first-team last season, Kelly was an unused substitute on a number of occasions as injuries to Foderingham and Alnwick left the Gers reliant on a third-choice.
While it doesn’t really make sense to still keep all three senior keepers around, Kelly’s departure could put a stop to McCrorie’s hopes of going out on loan and getting valuable games.
The 20-year-old excelled at Berwick last season and the reported move to the Championship with the Honest Men would give him a chance to test himself against a better standard of player.
The Gers also have Scottish youth international’s Kieran Wright and Aidan McAdams in the club’s youth set-up if something was to happen but neither is close to being ready for first-team action yet.
While not getting out on loan wouldn’t exactly be the end of the world for McCrorie, it would do his development more benefit than playing reserve football next season.
Gerrard might be happy to gamble that two keepers will be enough and let McCrorie go out on loan and sell Alnwick or Foderingham – but with Kelly’s move to Livingston coming out of the blue it suddenly makes things much more difficult for the Gers boss.
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