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Scott Mcgill hopes his display in Airdrie’s fine win over Falkirk can go some way to landing him a new deal at Hearts.
The Jambos loanee extended his stay with the Diamonds this month, having joined in the summer on an initial six-month loan deal.
Airdrie boss Ian Murray has been delighted with the 19-year-old’s progress this term and the midfielder emphasised his qualities with a fantastic finish that completed a stunning second goal in Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Bairns.
Neat play from Adam Frizzel saw him backheel the ball into the path of Dylan Easton. And when he threaded the ball through for Mcgill, the Tynecastle talent kept his cool to slot the ball home, completing a great team move.
Now Mcgill, whose contract with Hearts is up in the summer, hopes to kick on and keep impressing in the Diamond.
He said:“i’m delighted to extend my stay from Hearts.
“Playing games and experience is what I need, so to stay here is great for me. I’ve been playing out of position at times but the boys have helped me.
“I was playing midfield [on Saturday] – which is probably my strongest position – so I’m growing with confidence every game.
“Hopefully I can make a step towards the first team at Hearts, but my focus right now is just to get as many games for Airdrie and get as much experience as I can. My contract is up at the end of the season at Hearts so I hope I can perform well here and hopefully they will extend it. I’ll have to wait and see, but fingers crossed days like this help.”
Reflecting on his goal that added to his maiden strike for the club in their memorable Premier Sports Cup win over Motherwell in July and one against East Fife in September, Mcgill added:“i didn’t really think about it.
“The ball just came to me, I took a touch and then hit the shot so I was delighted to see it go in.
“That quick passing, that’s what we are good at and if we can do that every week we can keep getting results.
“The boys were excellent. It was a great second goal from us.”
Mcgill has made 23 appearances for Airdrie so far and is set to earn more valuable experience on Saturday when the Diamonds travel to Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup fourth round.
It’s another step up for the youngster to savour and he believes his in-form side, who are on a run of five straight wins, are capable of causing an upset.
He said:“it would be great to be involved. Partick are a good side but if we can keep our momentum going, we’ll give ourselves a chance.
“If we keep moving the ball about quickly, play how we have been, I think we can beat them.”