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Murray: Mccann exit a blow to Diamonds

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Ian Murray admits losing defender Leon Mccann to Falkirk was a blow to Airdrie, but says they still have a better balanced squad than last season.

The 21-year-old signed a three-year deal with Airdrie’s League One rivals last week, which also saw him return to full-time football, having been at Hamilton Accies previously.

Murray would ideally like to replace

Mccann, but insist Airdrie will be fine if he doesn’t managed to do so.

He said:“leon has done exceptiona­lly well for us over the last two or two and a half years.

“Of course we wanted Leon to stay. Leon didn’t want that, his reasons are up to him and that’s absolutely fine.

“That’s what we do to players; we give them games, we try to keep them, and if they do really well they move on – that’s just the nature of football, and we’re in the market for other teams’ players as well.

“Leon leaves with our best wishes, we’re really disappoint­ed to lose him, but ultimately we move on.

“We’ve got Rico Quitongo, so we’re very happy.”

Murray added:“the squad is good, we’re happy. We’ve got a good spine of the team there.

“Like every other team we’re still looking to add, but left-sided players are very difficult to get.

“We’re fortunate that we have two out-and-out lefts in Scott Agnew and Rico.

“Overall we’re really happy, the balance of the squad is a lot better.”

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