liam kelly: i chose qpr because of former rangers boss

15:00    15 Jun 2019

Former Livingstone goalkeeper Liam Kelly
Former Livingstone goalkeeper Liam Kelly has revealed that the chance to reunite with former Rangers manager Mark Warburton was a major deciding factor in his move to Queens Park Rangers.

It was speculated in the British media last month that Warburton was keen on bringing the 23-year-old to Loftus Road from Livingston in the Scottish Premiership.

And on Friday Kelly was signed by QPR, with a clause triggered in his contract with Livingston which allowed him to leave for a cut-price fee believed to be £50,000.

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Kelly said: "I felt now was the right time for me to try something new and QPR gave me that opportunity.

“Knowing the manager and how his teams play, it was something I couldn’t say no to. How the gaffer conducts himself is brilliant and that was a really attractive part of the move.

“Hopefully I can have a positive impact and help the club do well.”

Kelly is Warburton’s first signing as QPR boss. The 6ft 3in shot-stopper kept 17 clean sheets in the Scottish Premiership last season and had even been linked with a move to champions Celtic.

“Liam is outstanding with his feet, he has great distribution and he is a very good shot stopper,” Warburton said.

“Joe Lumley did exceptionally well for QPR last season so Liam’s job is to come here and compete. That’s what you want, you want competition all over the park.

“You have 24 or 25 competitive animals who are all keen to do well. You have to have that respectful competition for places.

“Liam will want that No.1 shirt, and Joe’s job will be to keep it and show what he can do.”

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