Joe Shaughnessy
Joe Shaughnessy

Falkirk will let Joe Shaughnessy return to Aberdeen, but are edging closer to the signing of a Swedish-based striker on loan.

The Irish defender, signed on deadline day by Peter Houston, was a solid addition to the Bairns’ backline but has been ousted from the team by a rejuvenated Kieran Duffie.

The deal for Shaughnessy was a loan agreement until January with the option of a further extension until the end of the season if that suited all three parties.

But with Shaughnessy out of the picture, albeit recently – he was not part of the matchday squad at Dumbarton at all – he’ll head back north to attempt to win a place in the high-flying Dons’ team.

James McDonaugh confirmed to The Falkirk Herald: “Joe will be available for Saturday’s match with Alloa then head back.

“He’s been a good player for us, and I think the loan has been successful for both sides. He leaves a side on the up and is re-joining a team in similar circumstances. He goes with our best wishes.”

Talks with an English striker, currently based in Sweden have progressed and a deal is in the pipeline for the 6’4” striker this month.

The forward was highly rated at a Premiership academy before testing himself overseas. His Scandinavian club is keen to retain his services though and the deal will only cover the break in the Swedish season and the early part of the country’s 2015 term and the end of the Bairns’ season.

The deal is still subject to paperwork despite a club video revealing the identity of a “potential signing” – though not the player’s name on Boxing Day. And although the deal is close The Falkirk Herald has learned Kilmarnock may also be keen on the target man.

He is the most advanced signing target at the club. Recent rumours of Scott Robinson arriving from Hearts have been played down behind the scenes, and The Falkirk Herald also understands Peter Houston has been studying Swansea City in recent weeks.

“January is a tough month for doing business,” added assistant manager McDonaugh. “We won’t bring anyone in for the sake of it, but we’re keeping our eyes open for potential signings, but it’ll also have to be the right man.”

Bairns striker Lewis Small is on loan at Stirling Albion until January 31.