Steven Gerrard is set to lead Rangers into the Europa League with an Ibrox clash against 2017 Eredivisie champions Feyenoord.
Feyenoord midfielder Liam Kelly is heading back to Britain this week and he is thrilled about the prospect of strutting his stuff in front of the legendary Steven Gerrard during Thursday’s Europa League clash against Rangers, speaking to the Daily Record.
Thanks to the pioneering Gareth Bale and Jadon Sancho, a Brit abroad isn’t all that rare these days. But Kelly still caused a shock when he left Reading for one of the biggest clubs in Dutch football over the summer, joining 2017 Eredivisie champions Feyenoord on a permanent deal.
The former Republic of Ireland U21 international was born in Basingstoke and, like so many players from his generation, grew up watching on in awe as the barnstorming, chest-thumping Gerrard came to Liverpool’s rescue again and again.
Now, Kelly is set to come up against Gerrard for the first time, although the Anfield legend will be patrolling the technical area rather than the middle of the pitch when Feyenoord face Rangers at Ibrox.
“I’ve never come across Steven Gerrard before and while I’m a Chelsea fan I admired a legend in the game like him,” Kelly said.
“So you know the quality he’s going to bring to Rangers and it should be a good game.”
Given his Irish heritage, it is no surprise that Kelly arrives on the blue half of Glasgow with a tinge of green running through his blood.
The youngster’s father is a huge Celtic fan so you can imagine that he will be desperate to make the most of a potential once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to triumph on the Ibrox turf.