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Loan Rangers: Kelly’s penalty heroics

IN a week full of exciting clashes up and down the country for our loan Rangers it was shot stopper Liam Kelly who caught the headlines with a stunning penalty save.

On the back of their fantastic Scottish Cup win, Motherwell’s attention switched back to the league, as they welcomed St Mirren to Fir Park.

In an even game, the R’s loanee was on hand to deny Jamie McGrath from 12 yards out mid-way through the first half. Before Devante Cole wrapped up the victory for the Well.

As we head back down south, both Mide Shodipo and Paul Smyth were in action for Oxford United and Accrington Stanley respectively, with Shodipo having a more enjoyable week than Smyth.

Initially, 23-year-old Shodipo was a 62nd minute substitute in United’s 6-0 away thrashing of Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, before playing a lengthy roll in Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Shrewsbury Town.

In contrast, Smyth played the full 90 in Stanley’s 5-1 defeat to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, before playing 82 minutes in their goalless draw with Blackpool on Tuesday evening.

Elsewhere, Dillion Barnes (Burton Albion) and Conor Masterson (Swindon Town) have returned to us for rehab for their respective injuries.

In League Two, Aramide Oteh didn’t feature in Colchester United’s 5-2 defeat to Oldham Athletic on Friday night.

Whilst in the National League, Themis Kefalas was the only R’s loanee to feature.

The young defender played the full 90 minutes in Barnet’s 0-0 away draw with Maidenhead United on the weekend.