Feyenoord midfielder Liam Kelly will be heading to Ibrox to cheer up his Celtic supporting Dad.

The Ireland international is aiming to help put Rangers to the sword in their Europa League opener.

Kelly is hoping that he can help his team provide a rebirth by beating the Ibrox side.

However, the one man it will mean even more to is his father who will be watching him from the stands.

Liam Kelly gunning for Ibrox win for Celtic supporting Dad

It’s not often players swap the calmness of Reading for the noise and thunder of Rotterdam.

That’s exactly what the English born attacking midfielder did this summer.

Liam Kelly in action for hometown club Reading last year. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The 23-year-old is moving up in the world after impressing in the English Championship last season.

Now, Kelly is perhaps playing his biggest game on Thursday night as he travels to Ibrox for matchday one.

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He told the Daily Record: “My dad was a Chelsea fan as well but Celtic were his Scottish team with the Irish connection and he’s excited about the European game at Ibrox.

“He is going to Glasgow for the game along with my mum and brother so that should be a good experience for them.

Liam Kelly hoping his Feyenoord side will beat Rangers for his Dad. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

“Given the fact he’s a Celtic fan he has an extra incentive for his son to beat Rangers.”

Feyenoord connection goes deeper

It’ll not just be Kelly and his family cheering the Dutch giants on when they meet Rangers on Thursday.

Some Celtic fans have a connection with the Feyenoord faithful and have done so for many years.

Celtic playing in a friendly in Rotterdam in 2008. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

People should expect to see a few friendly faces in red and white at a Celtic bar this week.

Groups of Feyenoord fans travel over to Celtic Park a couple of times a season and make themselves known.

Celtic fans will be hoping that their bitter rivals will start off with a defeat against them.

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