Bristol City complete signing of Liam Kelly
Bristol City have completed the signing of Liam Kelly from Kilmarnock and the Scotland international is expected to make his debut in tomorrow's npower Championship showdown with Leicester at Ashton Gate.
Eager to bolster his midfield, Robins boss Derek McInnes met with Kelly last night after Kilmarnock accepted a bid of just under £200,000.
The 22-year-old from Milton Keynes passed a medical examination at Ashton Gate and penned a three and a half year deal, subject to international clearance.
City were today hoping to obtain cross-border clearance to enable Kelly to feature against the Foxes.
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Kelly is City's first acquisition since the January transfer window opened for business 11 days ago. An all-action midfielder, he is rated one of the hottest properties in the Scottish Premier League.
McInnes said: "He has accumulated quite a lot of games and experience in the SPL and has been a key player for Kilmarnock over the last few seasons.
"He has amassed quite a lot of Under-21 games for Scotland and is now involved in the full senior squad as well.
"He is 22 years of age and that is a good age for us, which is important. We think we have got a very good deal for the club, considering he only had six months of his contract left and a few other people were looking at him.
"Liam is someone we think will only get better. He gets around the pitch, handles the ball well and takes responsibility for his position."
Kelly said: "I'm pleased to be signing for a fantastic club. I've been in England before with MK Dons, served my apprenticeship and then moved to Kilmarnock for four seasons.
"It's a big step to take (to come to Bristol City) but one I'm looking forward to. I can't wait to get going now and get training with the lads."
Kelly lifted the Scottish League Cup in March when Kilmarnock upset the odds with a 1-0 win over Celtic at Hampden Park.
But the joyous occasion soon turned to dismay when news of his father's death from a heart attack – whilst watching in the stands – came through moments after the team had lifted the trophy.
Kelly has one Scottish full international cap to his name, on top of appearances for the Under-21s and Under-18s.