Archibald elated to have eased de­fen­sive headaches with Booth deal

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL - NICK RODGER

CALLUM BOOTH seems to have agreed more loan deals than Mike Ash­ley but Alan Archibald, the Partick This­tle man­ager, is con­fi­dent that the Hiber­nian young­ster’s lat­est tem­po­rary switch can be a prof­itable al­liance for both par­ties.

Booth signed on with the Mary­hill club un­til the end of the sea­son yes­ter­day to help ease the full-back con­cerns that Archibald has been hav­ing of late and the 23-year-old will go straight into the squad for to­mor­row night’s en­counter with St Mir­ren.

Hav­ing en­joyed a taste of the top flight, Booth has spent the last few sea­sons in the lower leagues with loan stints at Ar­broath, Brechin City, Liv­ing- ston and Raith Rovers. Now Archibald is hop­ing the for­mer Scot­land un­der-21 in­ter­na­tion­al­ist can flour­ish in the west end of Glas­gow.

“It’s been a prob­lem area for us and we’re de­lighted to get him,” said Archibald. “Prob­a­bly one of his big­gest strengths is go­ing for­ward and that’s how we like full backs to play. He’s played a lot of games and he’s fit in that as­pect. He played a full sea­son at Raith Rovers last year and I think he’s good enough to go and play in the Premier League. He’s just got to prove that. He’s done it be­fore. He maybe had a fall out with man­agers – I don’t know what hap­pened at Hibs – but he’s got a real op­por­tu­nity. It was a no-brainer for us.”

Archibald will have Stephen O’Don­nell avail­able, after he re­jected a move to Black­pool, but the This­tle man­ager knows his days at the club are num­bered.

“I would love to keep him but I think Stephen and I both know he’s not go­ing to be here,” he said. “We’ve not of­fered him a con­tract but I’ve had a con­ver­sa­tion with Stephen and he knows we can’t com­pete with the wages of the teams that are in­ter­ested now.”

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