Would Liam Kelly exit prevent Jak Alnwick from escaping Rangers?

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Seldom-seen goalkeeper Jak Alnwick was reportedly keen to leave Ibrox after making just six Scottish Premiership appearances for Rangers.

Goal keeper Liam Kelly of Scottish club Rangers FC tips a second half scoring attempt over the goal post against Brazilian club Corinthians during their Florida Cup soccer game at Orlando...

It seems that Liam Kelly’s hopes of making a first-team bow for Rangers are all but over.

The Scottish Sun reports that Livingston have agreed to sign the 22-year-old goalkeeper on a two-year deal, although it seems that Rangers are not too happy about letting him go.

Kelly, who spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Livingston as they stormed to the League One title, was highly-rated at Ibrox. The Scottish Sun reports that Rangers were keen to keep hold of him before accepting that he needed to leave in order to further his career.

And it will be interesting to see what impact Kelly’s alleged departure has on Rangers’ other goalkeepers, particularly Jak Alnwick.

Jak Alnwick of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

With 36-year-old Allan McGregor returning to Ibrox on a free from Hull City this summer, and Wes Foderingham stating that he wants to stay and fight for his place, the Express reported that Alnwick hoped to leave in order to secure more regular first-team football.

Alnwick, since arriving from Port Vale for £250,000 in January 2017, has played just six league games, most of those coming when Foderingham was absent through injury.

Cedric Kipre of Motherwell has his shot saved well by Jak Alnwick of Rangers during the Betfred Cup Semi Final at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

But Kelly’s reported exit means Rangers cannot really afford to let Alnwick go this summer, especially with another young shot-stopper Robby McCrorie expected to join Ayr United on loan.

With Rangers aiming to compete in four competitions next season, they need options and depth between the sticks, so persevering with just two senior shot-stoppers would be a risk.

After allowing Kelly to leave, could Rangers force Alnwick to stay?

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