Liam Kelly completes Bristol City move from Kilmarnock

Bristol City have completed the signing of Kilmarnock midfielder Liam Kelly for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old Scotland international has committed to a three-and-a-half year deal with Derek McInnes' Championship side.

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels told BBC Scotland that the transfer would be around £200,000, including add-ons.

Kelly, who had six months left on his deal at Killie, has scored six goals in his last nine league appearances.

McInnes told BBC Radio Bristol: "I think his best years are ahead of him. I think he's a player that will bring something to us immediately, but also going forward.

"I think he's a young player that fits the type that we'd like to bring to the club and recruit.

Liam Kelly factfile

  • Born 10 February, 1990 in Milton Keynes
  • Started his career at MK Dons before joining Kilmarnock in 2009
  • Played 113 games for Killie, scoring 16 goals
  • Won the Scottish League Cup last season
  • One cap for Scotland

"We've watched him at close quarters again this season and we feel his career is moving in the right direction."

Shiels indicated he was surprised higher-placed English clubs had not moved for Kelly.

"I don't want to be disrespectful to Bristol City, because they're a big club," he said. "But I would have thought there would have been other options that might have been more appealing to Liam."

The Northern Irishman also indicated he was keen to keep Gary Harkins, linked with a move to Dundee, at the club.

"Gary's a really good player, and I don't want to lose him," said Shiels.

"I'm sure he will want to continue his career with Kilmarnock."

Meanwhile, Bristol City have confirmed they have also put in a bid for Crawley defender Kyle McFadzean.

McInnes said the club were "pushing hard to get a deal done" for the 25-year-old former Sheffield United and Alfreton centre-back, who has made 21 appearances so far this season, scoring three goals.