Hughes calls for calm as McKay moves closer to Wi­gan switch

The Herald - Sport - - LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINALS -

JOHN Hughes last night as­sured Ca­ley This­tle fans that moves were afoot to re­place Wi­gan-bound Billy McKay.

The In­ver­ness manager called for calm among sup­port­ers af­ter los­ing the pro­lific North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tional for £150,000 and re­vealed he was weigh­ing up po­ten­tial loan sign­ings.

But Hughes, also set to lose left back Graeme Shin­nie to Aberdeen in the sum­mer, is now chal­leng­ing ex­ist­ing squad mem­bers to rise to the task and lift the spir­its with a rous­ing High­land derby victory to­mor­row.

At this late stage in the trans­fer win­dow, it will be no easy task to ad­e­quately re­place the 26-year-old for­mer Northamp­ton Town striker.

Af­ter an ini­tial lean sea­son where he net­ted just three times, Mckay hit 59 goals for the High­landers over the last two-and-a-half years.

Hughes said he un­der­stood sup­port­ers’ con­cerns and im­pa­tience but stressed he would rather risk the win­dow closing with­out a new face than rush the wrong type of player in.

Mckay is ex­pected to com­plete the for­mal­i­ties of a two-and-a-half year deal with Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship Wi­gan Ath­letic af­ter com­plet­ing a med­i­cal.

Hughes stressed: “I ex­pect Billy to be play­ing for Wi­gan on Satur­day. He was down there yes­ter­day and got his deal done.

“He goes with our best wishes. It’s a great move for him and we were never go­ing to stand in his way.

“It’s a club de­ci­sion, and we’ve done what we feel is right for the club.”

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