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Liam Kelly not going to Rangers to be number two as Gers told they're getting 'real competitor'

There is "no way" Liam Kelly is going to Rangers to settle for being number two, according to one of his former managers.

The former Motherwell captain looks set to return to Ibrox after his Steelmen exit was confirmed. It had already been reported that Philippe Clement was lining the 28-year-old goalkeeper up as part of his rebuild, six years after leaving after coming through the academy there.

It comes as Jack Butland is being linked with a potential return to the English Premier League. The 31-year-old had interest from Nottingham Forest and while that was batted away by club and player, it's thought his services could still be in demand this summer after a strong first season in Scotland.

Fans hope to see the Englishman stick around and in that case, Kelly would surely be seen as a back-up. But former Well boss Graham Alexander insists there is no chance he settles for that.

He said: "There’s no way Kells would go in there accepting that he’s No 2. He won’t just be happy to play second fiddle. That’s not in his nature.

"If Rangers sign him, they’ll have a real competitor on their hands. That can only be good for the squad and the No.1 there. Every time we asked something different of Kells, he was always up for the challenge. I’m not surprised that big clubs want to sign him.

"Technically, he’s a superb keeper. He was at Rangers when he was younger and he may feel he has unfinished business there.”