Stars and Stripes suit Stenhousemuir

Stenhousemuir have enjoyed an excellent start to the new season
Stenhousemuir have enjoyed an excellent start to the new season

Stenhousemuir have run the rule over a Major League Soccer player - and Martyn Corrigan insists he’ll look anywhere to source the best talent.

He backed up his claim by praising goal hero Ross McNeil who scored the winner against Airdrie on Saturday to put the Warriors joint top of League One - who then scored the extra-time clincher in Peterhead that puts the Ochilview outfit in the hat for today’s Ramsdens Cup quarter final draw.

McNeil was signed from Glasgow juveniles under-21s in the close season, but Corrigan wouldn’t be drawn on revealing the identity of his mystery man, who has connections to New York Red Bulls in the USA.

“Whether it be New York Red Bulls or an under-21 boys club - like where we picked up Ross McNeil – we’ll look anywhere to source the best possible talent.

“Ross has come in and scored twice and has been excellent –particularly in a big week for him as he’s also expecting the birth of his child.

“There are diamonds out there and it’s just a case of finding them. We’re happy we found Ross, and I’m really pleased with the boys we have.”

Heraldsport understands the USA-based player is highly unlikely to be offered a contract at this stage, but he did feature for a Warriors reserve team this week.

While that went on Corrigan was in the north-east watching his side reduced to 10-men then grind out an extra-time victory against the Blue Toon.

“The boys really grafted,” added the manager. “We were down seven regulars and missing Ross McMillan, and he will be suspended for Saturday too. Ross Smith will also miss that game too – we need some luck.”