LOANED out midfielder Scott Davidson’s Falkirk career is over, and the same fate is likely to befall exiled Bairn Jack Compton.
Steven Pressley has revealed energetic midfielder Davidson, who was given a six-month reprieve in the summer to prove his worth on loan at Stirling, will be released in January.
Davidson failed to win a contract in the Academy last season, but while training with the first-team in pre-season, persuaded the Bairns to give him another chance with a six-month deal. He aimed to prove his worth with regular first-team games at Stirling – but though his reviews have been good at the Binos, it’s not enough.
“He needs games, and it’s a situation at this club where I can’t guarantee that’s something Scott will get at this moment in time.
“Stirling have been delighted with him and I hope, for Scott’s sake, it’s something that will come back and bite me because it will mean he has prospered.
“But I can’t guarantee him games and can’t stop him making his way in the game and forging a good career for himself. I wouldn’t stand in the way of any young player’s development.”
Another loanee, Jack Compton, is currently with Bradford City, and due to return to Falkirk next month. Two unnamed English clubs have expressed interest to the left winger’s agent, but nothing has arrived on the manager’s desk.
“Jack will return here, unless something is resolved between now and then.”
That is the preferred option for the club as boss Pressley admitted: “I don’t see him as a part of the future here.”
Despite releasing one, and preparing similar for another of the loaned out players, Pressley says that scenario can help develop players.
“We are not in a position to block the development of players. Regular first team football is something which can aid young players’ development and that is something we won’t stand in the way of – that’s the situation with Scott.
“Look at Stewart Murdoch – he went out to East Fife and came back and he is a terrific player, everything you look for in a footballer.”
And Pressley is also preparing to send Ally Graham out. The striker scored the goal that set up a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Dundee United, but he’s unlikely to see the next round against Celtic as he’s expected to be on-loan at Dumbarton.
“Ally is another who can benefit from first-team games,” the boss added. “He’s at an age where he needs regular games.”
Graham may be called upon this weekend as Farid El Alagui failed to train in the early part of the week after a bruising encounter with Hamilton.
Kieran Duffie has seen a specialist for his broken nose which requires to be set, but that work has been postponed for the time being.
The rest of the squad is fit for the visit to Queen of the South.