Manager Jim Duffy admits that it would take something unexpected to happen for any new players to arrive at Cappielow before tonight’s transfer deadline but adds that the emergency loan route will remain an option.
When asked if he had any transfer activity planned, he said:
“I don’t see anything specific happening. Obviously we can still take in emergency loans after the transfer deadline, and that’s something we’ve enquired about since day one really.
“A number of the club we spoke to have said that when the time’s right, they’ll notify us if the players become available, and we’ll have to wait and see if that happens.
“You can never tell. You know, you might get a phone call out of the blue that alerts you to a player who you didn’t think would be available.
“There’s a variety of ways these things can happen unexpectedly, but unless something unexpected does happen, I don’t anticipate too much.”
Jack Iredale, Jamie McGowan, and David Anderson have completed loan moves today, and Duffy added:
“Three boys have gone out today and we’ll possible look to that with a few more of the young boys in the next couple of days.
“I think it’s really important for young players to go out on loan because they get first-team football, experience, and an idea of the demands, both physical and mental.
“The responsibility of playing and winning matches is the most important thing. I think it’s an invaluable experience.
“Our young boys have got to be good enough to go straight into those clubs and make an impact, and similarly with any players we bring in.”
Just prior to the interview, Andy Bryan said his goodbyes before departing to link up with the Scotland Under-21 squad. The Cappielow gaffer was delighted for the long-serving kitman:
“I’m delighted for Andy. He got a little taste of it last year. I think it was the 19s he went away with and this year he’s been upgraded to the 21s.
“It’s fantastic for him and you can see he’s excited about it. It’s great at any level, whether it’s a coach or a footballer or a member of staff.
“Andy has been with us a long, long time, and getting involved with the international set up is a nice reward for him.”
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