St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has suggested that Rangers loanee Daniel Finlayson will soon finally make his Premiership debut, six months after joining the Buddies [Not The Old Firm].
Finlayson is a promising young defender who captained the Gers U18s to their latest Scottish Youth Cup win in 2019.
Last season, he turned out regularly at centre-back for the U20s and Colts before heading to the United States on loan to play for partner club Orange County SC, mainly as a right-back.
Somewhat surprisingly, upon his return to Scotland, he joined St Mirren on loan, with the Paisley club negotiating an option to make the move permanent for an undisclosed fee in the summer [Stmirren.com].
When Finlayson broke into the first-team matchday squad in early November, he may have thought he had a chance of turning out fairly regularly over the course of the season.
However, remarkably, six months on from his switch, he’s still yet to receive a single minute of playing time.
The 20-year-old has been an unused substitute for 20 matches in all competitions, but it appears his fortunes may finally change in the coming weeks.
“Hopefully, between now and the end of the season, we will be able to give Daniel Finlayson his debut while giving Dylan Reid and Jay Henderson another couple of games before things come to a halt,” said Goodwin ahead of his team’s trip to Motherwell on Saturday [Not The Old Firm].
Whether it’s this weekend or after the Buddies are mathematically safe from relegation, Finlayson will likely be relieved when his long-awaited bow arrives.
The Northern Ireland youth international will be keen to impress and perhaps if he does, St Mirren will take up their transfer option in the summer.
Meanwhile, Rangers’ domestic superiority has been laid bare with Ibrox stars dominating a respected source’s Team of the Season.