Skipper Lee Kilday joins Airdrieonians on loan

Club captain Lee Kilday has this afternoon joined League One Airdrieonians on an emergency loan for the remainder of the current campaign.

Since returning from a 10-month injury lay-off in February, the defender has made five successive starts for the Under-20s in Development League West.

However, Cappielow gaffer Jim Duffy felt that the centre-half would require competitive first-team matches before being ready for a Ton return and has now agreed a temporary transfer with the Diamonds.

Speaking to media officer Jonathan Mitchell after signing the paperwork today, Kilday said: “I agreed with the gaffer that a loan move would be important for me.

“It’s been 11 months now since I’ve played for the first-team, so I needed to get competitive games in. I understand what the gaffer is saying, that he can’t just throw me back in; I know that myself.

“I am feeling good and I’ve come through the development games fine. My ankle is feeling better and it is improving every week.

“But the 20s games don’t have the same tempo or competitive edge as the Championship, so I just need to go out and get some matches under my belt.

“Hopefully after that I’ll be feeling alright and prove to myself that I’m fit again, and we can take it from there. I also have to look ahead to next season with my contract up in the summer and this can show the gaffer I am fit.

“My first game could be against Queen’s Park at Hampden. That could be a good start: the national stadium, a good pitch, so I’m looking forward to it – and excited to play a first-team game again!”

Kilday also made another announcement this week with the news that he and partner Chloe Sutherland are expecting a baby in October.

The beaming father-to-be added: “It’s great news! Chloe and I are over the moon. We’ve known since the start of February and have been keeping it quiet until we got the scan the other day.

“It was a brilliant feeling, and that’s something else I’ve got to think about now: I’m going to have a family and there are other people to consider.”


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