McKinnon hoping for another new signing before Thistle trip

Ray McKinnon is expected to add to his signings tomorrow. Picture Michael Gillen
Ray McKinnon is expected to add to his signings tomorrow. Picture Michael Gillen

Falkirk’s winter signing spree will extend to eight within the next 24 hours if Ray McKinnon has his way.

The Bairns boss has already recruited Abdul Osman, Paul Dixon, Ian McShane, Ross MacLean, Mark Waddington, Shayne Lavery and Ciaran McKenna.

But he is hopeful of adding another new signingtomorrow ahead of Saturday’s vital league clash with bottom side Partick Thistle.

There is space in the budget – and the dressing room – after seven existing first team players departed, and Zak Rudden was recalled by Rangers.

Talks are still ongoing with the Ibrox club to restore the striker to the selection pool for the weekend match, but Ray McKinnon is eyeing four more – excluding the top scorer.

He explained: “We’re hopeful of having another deal completed in the next couple of days and in time for the Partick Thistle match.

“It is obvbiously an important match for us. We are talking to Rangers and hopeful of arranging to have Zak back for us too.

“He has done extremely well for us and scored eight goals so he’s been a big player for us and would be a big miss.”

Rudden’s re-signing is outwith the manager’s aim of adding another four players to his squad, though tomorrow’s signing is included in the quartet.

He said: “We’ll work right the way through January, there’s one more hopefully in time for Saturday but the rest won’t be immediate.”

With incoming players more could follow this week’s departee Tom Dallison out. The central defender signed for former club Crawley Town.

McKinnon added: “We’ll look at things. As more players come in, there might be scope for others to get some more football elsewhere but it depends on who is brought in.

“I should express my thanks to Tom for his time at the club and his professionalism. He worked hard and was never a problem and I’m delighted he has a club already.”