Keeper on Celtic's radar triggers transfer clause

Livingston have announced that goalkeeper Liam Kelly has triggered a transfer release clause, with a number of clubs interested in signing the 23-year-old including Celtic.

Kelly, a Celtic fan, has been with the Almondvale side for two seasons playing 132 games between the sticks, starring for the newly promoted club this season.

A statement on the official Livingston club website, read: “Livingston regretfully announce that Goalkeeper Liam Kelly has asked for a transfer release clause in his contract to be triggered allowing him to move onto pastures new, with a few teams from the English Championship chasing his signature.

“Livingston FC would like to go on record thanking Liam for everything he has done for the club in his 2 seasons in West Lothian. This covers our League 1 champions campaign, as well as helping to keep us in the Premiership last season.”

Manager Gary Holt added: “Davie and I have been working extremely hard In trying to keep Liam at Livingston for another year at least. Unfortunately It’s not to be and we move on: that’s how football works.

“It now opens the door for last season’s number 2 Ross Stewart to stake his claim for the number 1 jersey for next season’s Premiership campaign.”

With Craig Gordon reportedly unhappy at playing second fiddle to Scott Bain and looking to continue his career elsewhere, Kelly’s capture would be a superb addition to Celtic’s goalkeeping depart after the recent departure of Dorus de Vries at the end of the season.

Kelly started his playing career at Celtic’s rivals Rangers in 2013, but with no first team appearances in his time at Ibrox - the keeper made his loan move to Livingston permanent last summer.

Scott Bain has been Celtic’s first choice keeper since Gordon was dropped after the defeat to Rangers at new year.