St Mirren keeper Billy O’Brien feels at home following Manchester City switch



New St Mirren goalkeeper Billy O’Brien insists he feels right at home after joining on loan from Manchester City.

The Wales under-21 internationalist shone on his first ever senior game in Saturday’s Scottish Cup 2-0 victory at Dundee after pulling off a series of fine saves.

O’Brien only made the move north from Pep Guardiola’s City last Thursday but insists the temporary switch to the Buddies has been seamless.

And the 21-year-old insists getting his professional career up and running with a cup upset is something he will not forget in a hurry.

O’Brien, 21, said: “It was unbelievable, we all knew we could win if we played well. Thankfully we got the win and for me a clean sheet.

“To come to a bigger side in a bigger league and get a clean sheet in a win, I’m over the moon.

“It’s been amazing, I said to my girlfriend the other day that I’ve never really felt like this before in football.

“I’ve been made to feel so welcome by the lads, the staff – and the fans on Saturday were brilliant. I feel like I’m at home even though I’m a long way from home.

“I’ve been welcomed so well. It makes a massive difference when the fans are shouting your name, you want to make big saves.”

Speaking to, he added: “I felt I was pretty solid and made three or four important saves in the first half.

“It’s always was easy when you’ve got lads in front of you who will go and head the ball or go and put bodies on the line.”