ON-LOAN Ross County youngster Reghan Tumilty has opened the door to a longer stay at Falkirk as he prepares to return to the Highlands to face rivals Inverness Caley Thistle.
The 20-year-old joined the Bairns on a one-month emergency loan last month and made his debut in their 3-0 defeat to Morton days later.
With Falkirk’s trip to Livingston being postponed last weekend, the defender has already been denied the game-time he moved south to find.
But, with the full-back having made 10 top-team appearances for County, he insists he would relish a longer stint in the Championship if it meant regular football.
He said: “The loan is just until Christmas Eve.
“I’ll need to go back up the road and speak to the gaffer up there and see what’s happening.
“But if I’m playing regularly here then I woudn’t pass up the opportunity of staying.
“I stay locally, in Bridge of Allan, so it’s only a 20-minute drive in every morning, which is good.
“You don’t see much of your family when you’re up there, so it’s good for me to be back down and see family more regularly.
“I’ve actually not had much contact with County since I came down, but I’ll get on the phone before my loan ends and see what’s happening.”
Falkirk, promotion play-off contenders in the last two years, will travel north sitting in second-bottom spot and eight points adrift of Inverness.
Tumilty accepts they have a desperate need for points, but he confesses facing County’s local rivals will give the encounter added spice on a personal level.
He added: “We [County] just played Inverness recently in a charity match and I played the whole game.
“We beat them 3-2 in the end, but they were decent on the day, so it’s going to be a tough match on Saturday.
“It will definitely mean a bit more to me this weekend, there will be an added incentive.”