Moan of the match Liam is the hero

West Lothian Courier - - Sports -

Liv­ingston skip­per Craig Halkett might well be fed up of Liam Kelly’s con­stant chat­ter - but ad­mits he wouldn’t want it any other way.

The pair were in the youth ranks at Rangers to­gether be­fore team­ing up in West Loth­ian and were both in fine form dur­ing the 2-0 win over Moth­er­well.

The pals were part of the 2016- 17 League One win­ning squad dur­ing Kelly’s loan spell with the Lions be­fore he made the per­ma­nent switch to Livi in the sum­mer.

De­spite hav­ing lit­tle to do all game, the keeper made a stun­ning one-handed save from close range to pre­serve Livi’s lead min­utes be­fore Halkett headed home the de­ci­sive sec­ond seven min­utes from time.

And the cen­tre-back said: “As a de­fender we know it’s our job to clear the dan­ger. But we know if some­one gets through we’ve got Liam there. He has proved over the last four or five weeks he’s the man to make im­por­tant saves. It speaks vol­umes about Liam that he didn’t have much to do but when he did he stepped up.

“He’s al­ways talk­ing to us and as a cen­tre-half that’s what you want. I’ll al­ways take a keeper who talks too much over a silent one. As much as he is an­noy­ing and in my ear the whole time, I sup­pose I’m glad of it.

“I signed for Rangers when I was 14 so it was seven years to­gether at Ibrox and we’ve had two spells to­gether at Livi so we’re good friends and that can only help the bond. He al­ways wanted to learn, was al­ways ask­ing ques­tions, and that rubs off on ev­ery­one else.

“They see him be­ing in­quis­i­tive and de­vel­op­ing and think, ‘Maybe I should be do­ing the same’. He wants to get to the very top level.”

As for Livi’s im­pres­sive start to life in the top flight, the 23- year- old added: “I don’t think we would have imag­ined be­ing in the top six in De­cem­ber.

“Since the start of the sea­son we’ve just been on a great run and have never got too far ahead of our­selves.

“We have our eyes on that same goal we had at the start of the sea­son – to stay in the di­vi­sion.”

Opener Steven Law­less (no.15) is mobbed af­ter his strike

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