Queens bolster squad
It’s been a busy week of ins and outs at Palmerston for Queen of the South.
The Doonhamers have added Bulgarian U21 striker Nikolay Todorov and midfielder Dom Thomas on loan until the end of the season.
Kilmarnock’s Thomas returns to Palmerston for his second loan period.
Heading out on loan is Andy Stirling who joins Dumbarton for the rest of the season. Ewan Gourlay has joined Dalbeattie Star on a development loan.
Boss Gary Naysmith said: “It’s been a busy couple of days. With other signings like Myles Beerman we had more time.
“But I’m delighted with what we’ve got and want to thank the parent clubs who have been great with us and the board as well for making these moves possible.
“With Andy Stirling, I feel there’s a player in there and he may feel I’ve not given him a run of games.
“Hopefully he can get a run of games with Dumbarton and kick on. He wanted to go on loan and we set about getting a replacement and contacted Killie about Dom straight away.
“If he can make the same impact as last time that would be great. But he’s got a bit more experience in the top flight now so hopefully he can bring even more to the team.”
Loanee Todorov, 21, first signed for Nottingham Forest in 2014 and has also had spells with Hearts and Livingston.
Naysmith said: “Nikolay came about on deadline day. He offers something different and he’s a target man whereas Lyndon Dykes and
Ross Fergusson like to run in behind.
“Nikolay was really keen to join us once we expressed an interest and I have to thank the Board and also Craig Levein at Hearts for making the loan move possible.”
The new signings will go into the squad for Saturday’s game at St Mirren. Derek Lyle has suffered a recurrence of his calf injury and Queens hope to be at full strength in the next few weeks.
Naysmith said: “Saturday is probably the hardest game you could get. They have the record at the minute in the league but we believe we haven’t done ourselves justice in the last two games against them.
“We were 2-0 up the last time and they won 3-2 so this time we need to try and shut the back door. We want to correct those previous results.”