Mur­ray signs up Hibees loan star Air­drie boss:Teen will add to core of great team

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Sport Round-up -

MARK PIRIE

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

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