Mark Warburton reportedly wanted to bring Reading’s Championship starlet Liam Kelly to Rangers – and Steven Gerrard should now lure him to Ibrox.
Rangers brought 14 new players to Ibrox in the summer with Steven Gerrard keen to immediately put his stamp on a side that had flattered to deceive since returning to the Scottish top flight in 2016.
But it seems that the rebuilding hasn’t finished yet. According to The Express, Gerrard wants four new signings in the January transfer window with his Rangers side stuttering slightly in recent weeks, losing to Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup semi-final and falling adrift in the title race.
A striker is understood to be Gerrard’s top priority. But, The Express adds, the former Liverpool skipper is also hoping to sign a creative midfielder who could turn those frustrating draws and narrow defeats into wins.
And a wonderfully gifted midfielder who has been likened to none other than Andres Iniesta, arguably the greatest central midfielder of his generation, would undoubtedly fit the bill.
HITC sources told us in 2016 that Rangers were tracking the skilful Reading youngster Liam Kelly. And, two years on, now is the time to renew their interest with the 22-year-old looking like Gerrard’s dream signing on paper.
Kelly has blossomed at Reading since those links with Ibrox emerged, becoming a first-team regular under Jaap Stam and then Paul Clement.
The Republic of Ireland playmaker scored five times in the Championship last season with his quick feet and ability to find the net from range leading Stam to draw comparisons with Barcelona’s legendary number eight.
“Of course, Iniesta has the experience and everything else, but if you look at the things Liam can do he certainly comes close to him,” Stam told the Reading Chronicle in 2017.
Reading will not want to lose one of their star men but the prospect of working under Steven Gerrard should appeal to any young midfielder.