Queens Park Rangers beat Celtic and a number of other teams to the signing of Liam Kelly this summer. According to The Scottish Sun, six clubs were in the hunt for Kelly, who only left Rangers in summer 2018.
The young goalkeeper had enjoyed a stunning campaign at Livingston and caught the eye of teams across Scotland and Europe. But it was Mark Warburton who won the race – reuniting with his former Rangers youth stopper.
However, Kelly is yet to play in the league and now QPR want another goalkeeper. What should Kelly do if QPR complete the signing of Heinz Lindner?
QPR invite Lindner to train
QPR manager Warburton has invited Lindner to train with the club and try to earn a contract, as per The Daily Mail. The 29-year-old is an experienced goalkeeper with over 300 senior appearances to his name.
The Austria international has played most of his games in his home country (for Austrian Wien) but also had spells in Germany (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Switzerland (Grasshoppers). Warburton might look to bring Lindner in at Loftus Road – denting Kelly’s hopes of a first-team promotion.
Kelly potentially drops to third-choice
Kelly has only played two games for QPR this season and both came in the EFL Cup. He has shipped five goals in those two outings so his time in London has not been quite so successful yet.
Joe Lumley is the first-choice goalkeeper for the Hoops with Kelly sitting on the bench and playing cup games. If Lindner comes in, Kelly potentially drops out of the matchday squad altogether.
Kelly needs games
At this stage of his career, this would be devastating for Kelly. The 23-year-old needs to be playing regularly to achieve his goals in his career and break into the Scottish national side.
Kelly left Rangers to pursue first-team opportunities with Livingston. But one year on, he might find himself as a third-choice goalkeeper once again. Lindner’s arrival could be very bad news for Kelly’s QPR career.