Celtic should make a move for Reading midfielder Liam Kelly to ensure that they have a long-term replacement for fans’ favourite Scott Brown, who is nearing the end of his time with the Scottish giants.
23-year-old Kelly has been enjoying a quiet season for the Championship strugglers, but announced his talents to the wider world in Reading’s 2-0 loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup at Old Trafford.
The Irishman excelled in a defensive midfield role against a Red Devils side that have now won their last five games, and proved to be a thorn in the side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer throughout the game as he put a spanner in the works of the interim boss’ gameplan.
Kelly had 116 touches of the ball, more than any of his teammates in blue and white, and also completed 91.8% of his 98 passes in what will have been the highest and most nerve-racking attendance he has played before throughout his short career.
Club icon Brown is now 33 years of age, and doesn’t appear to have much time left in the famous hooped jersey as his talents wane. The Scotsman excels at screening the back four and isn’t afraid to put in a heavy challenge to say the least.
He has been with the Bhoys for over a decade, so his departure will cause shockwaves throughout the club unless they can get a replacement in quickly. To ensure that they have a young heir to his throne, who can also learn off him, Brendan Rodgers should move to secure Kelly’s signature this month.
If they do get him, the reigning Scottish Premiership champions will have a quality defensive midfielder who is only just getting started in professional football, and one who also has a scarily high ceiling for growth.