Murray signs up Hibees loan star Airdrie boss:Teen will add to core of great team
Airdrie boss Ian Murray feels the core of a successful team is already at New Broomfield as he dipped into the transfer market.
The Diamonds squad received a massive overhaul in the summer under previous gaffer Stevie Findlay, with 13 new recruits arriving at the Penny Cars Stadium.
With Murray now at the helm, he has moved to add highly-rated Hibs youngster Josh Campbell on loan for the rest of the campaign to bolster his side. Despite recruiting the 18-year-old in the window - who made his debut against East Fife last weekend - Murray reckons a squad capable of challenging for promotion are already in the dressing room.
He told the Advertiser: “There have been bad results against Forfar and Stenhousemuir, but I don’t think the squad was in a critical condition when I came in.
“It’s strange in that way, the team wasn’t doing horrifically bad like can often be the case when a new manager comes in. I certainly think we’ve tightened up a little bit with our discipline when we don’t have the ball and try to do the right things.
“The players we have here have managed to do that so far.”
Murray also heaped praise on youngster Campbell - who has been on the fringes of the Easter Road first team this term.
He was called into the Hibees squad for the first time by boss Neil Lennon on Edinburgh derby day in the 1-0 defeat to Hearts.
Murray said of his first signing as Airdrie boss: “Josh was one we were able to do quite quickly actually. I’m looking forward to working with him.
“He will be a good, tenacious and combative player.
“He’s not played at this level before, we have to remember that.
“Josh will have his bad moments as well but he’s certainly a young players who is highly rated at Hibs.
“He’s done well in the Development League so far and will be one Hibs are looking to in the next nine to 12 months to be pushing on. I believe they want him in the first team soon.”
Talent Ian Murray has backed Josh Campbell Photo: Stuart Mathie