St. Mirren new boy Conor McCarthy has admitted it would be “unbelievable” to make his Buddies debut against Rangers at Ibrox after swapping the League of Ireland for the Scottish Premiership this month.
The Irishman joined Jim Goodwin’s side and could make his bow for the Paisley side when they make the short trip to Ibrox next week.
After playing for Cork City in front of a handful of fans, McCarthy is blown away by the prospect of an “amazing” Ibrox debut – and admits the jump from Irish football to Scottish is “night and day.”
“It’s unbelievable I could make my debut at Ibrox. When you compare Ibrox to some of the stadiums out in Ireland, [going from] playing in front of 20 or 30 people to playing in front of 50,000 would be a baptism of fire,” McCarthy told the Daily Record.
“It would be amazing to make my debut at Ibrox. In Scotland, I’ll be playing in some big games compared to Ireland.
“I’m not saying there’s not quality in the League of Ireland, but compared to the Scottish Premiership it’s night and day. To go to playing against 20, 25 million pound players is a big step up.”
McCarthy could get his first taste of action before the Buddies face Rangers next week with the Saints due to host Broxburn Athletic in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.
The Irishman could have come up against the Light Blues earlier in the season after Cork were one of the Gers’ potential opponents in Europa League qualifying but lost out to Progres Niederkorn.
The defender was named Cork’s Player of the Season and named club captain, despite only being 21 and will be hoping he can make a similar impact in Paisley with the Buddies.