McMil­lan sign­ing an early present for Lok

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JIM O’DONNELL

IT feels as if Christ­mas has come early for Mur­die McKin­non af­ter he signed the Dum­bar­ton de­fender Jor­dan McMil­lan. The Pol­lok boss moved to avert an ever-wors­en­ing in­jury cri­sis by agree­ing a hush-hush deal to snap up 31-year-old McMil­lan – who has played 11 first-team games this sea­son for Dum­bar­ton – in time for him to make his de­but at home against Premier­ship ri­vals Largs This­tle to­day.

Join­ing the South­side club’s ranks is the lat­est twist in a che­quered play­ing ca­reer that be­gan at Rangers where McMil­lan had two first-team starts as well as a substitute ap­pear­ance in the Cham­pi­ons League be­fore mov­ing on to Dun­fermline, Partick This­tle and Clyde, prior to re­join­ing the Ju­nior ranks at Cam­bus­lang Rangers for a brief play­ing stint be­fore putting pen to paper for Low­land League outfit Edus­ports.

He re­turned to the Se­niors with Scot­tish League One side Dum­bar­ton at the start of this sea­son, play­ing in a 2-1 vic­tory over Clyde as re­cently as late Novem­ber so his cap­ture is a feather in McKin­non’s cap.

The Lok boss said: “Jor­dan is a very ex­pe­ri­enced player with a great pedi­gree who is old school in terms of his ap­proach and at­ti­tude to­wards the game and I see him as a great as­set to our dress­ing room.

“The fact he takes it very per­son­ally if goals are con­ceded on his watch means he will de­mand noth­ing less than pro­fes­sional stan­dards from his team-mates.

“He’s a ver­sa­tile type, able to play mid­dle of the park if nec­es­sary. How­ever, right now we are cry­ing out for his de­fen­sive qual­i­ties.”

Pol­lok full-back Grant Evans’ torn an­kle lig­a­ments along with Tony Coutts’ bro­ken foot caused McKin­non to play Jamie Henry out of po­si­tion in Pol­lok’s re­cent 1-1 draw at home to Ross­vale. The mid­fielder, how­ever, dis­lo­cated his shoul­der af­ter land­ing awk­wardly from an aerial joust and looks set to be side­lined un­til the New Year.

McKin­non added: “We closed out the Ross­vale game with winger Gary Mc­Cann play­ing right-back so bring­ing in re­in­force­ments in the shape of Jor­dan was a must with so many big games loom­ing on the hori­zon.

“A strong Largs side will pro­vide a test but I’m pretty sure he will take the 90 min­utes in his stride.”

In other top-flight con­tests to­day, ta­ble-top­pers Kil­win­ning Rangers will not find it easy to bounce back from their 6-1 maul­ing at the hands of Auchin­leck Tal­bot when head­ing out on the road to take on last sea­son’s ti­tle run­ners-up Hurl­ford United.

Buffs boss Chris Strain said: “Hurl­ford have top play­ers who know the Ju­nior game in­side out and on their own pitch are al­ways a toughie so a test of char­ac­ter awaits us.

“But my guys didn’t play as badly as the Auchin­leck score­line sug­gests and we’ll look to si­lence those prophets of doom al­ready think­ing our bub­ble has burst.

“Chris McGowan, who has been play­ing with a bro­ken leg, is a cer­tain non-starter, while Mikey He­witt’s red card against Tal­bot leaves him sus­pended, but back to give us a boost af­ter a long in­jury ab­sence is Sam McCloskey.”

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons Auchin­leck are likely to re­in­state Gor­don Pope af­ter re­cov­er­ing from in­jury for the visit of Kil­birnie Lade­side, while the re­turn of Steven Craw­ford and cen­tre-back Andy Dowie af­ter sus­pen­sion is a wel­come boost for Cum­nock boss Tony McI­nally whose mid­field play­maker Paul Burns re­mains doubt­ful for the home clash against near neigh­bours Gle­nafton.

Ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender Jor­dan McMil­lan has signed for Pol­lok from Dum­bar­ton

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