24-yo in shock move suggests Rangers future is over

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Liam Kelly goalkeeper of QPR makes a save from a Niclas Eliasson penalty in the shoot out during the Carabao Cup First Round match between QPR and Bristol City at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on August 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Some years ago a lot of Rangers fans were touting Liam Kelly as the natural successor to Allan McGregor.

We include ourselves in this, and frankly we’re not shifting a hundred miles away from it now.

Obviously Robby McCrorie is very much in that picture too, but while McGregor shows no signs of slowing down yet (definitely one of the top three goalies in Rangers’ entire history) there will come a day his successor will have to surface.

Now, as honourable a job as Jon McLaughlin has done, it’s probably not going to be him, and that leaves the Kelly and McCrorie situation.

The Kelly one took a twist over the past 48 hours after Motherwell took him on loan.

That’s second-bottom-of-the-table Motherwell, whose manager just quit amidst their plunge into desperation. Kelly has ended up there after completely losing any favour he had at Loftus Road, with Mark Warburton dumping him totally in favour of Swiss star Seny Dieng – Kelly hasn’t made a single outing this season.

Is this the future we envisaged for Kelly? He was bright last season for QPR, conceding an honourable 35 in 22 for a team who finished 13th.

But here he is, back in Scotland with an uncertain future, having lost all favour with the former Magic Hat.

As for McCrorie, he’s having a solid time at Livi, similar numbers to Kelly in the past year or so, with 27 conceded in 18. But of course, at the same club, Kelly posted much better numbers, 71 conceded in 68.

Both are viewed long-term as McGregor’s successor but Kelly’s stock seems to have recently fallen a bit, while McCrorie’s has grown.

Are either of them good enough? Well, did we think McGregor would end up this good when he finally seized the jersey from the hapless Lionel Letizi?

Probably not – and that means both of these two could be the future.

Time will tell.