Queen of the South boss Gary Naysmith has high hopes for Celtic loan youngster after weekend debut



QUEEN OF THE SOUTH manager Gary Naysmith has high hopes for Connor McManus after securing the Celtic youngster on an emergency loan.

The 21-year-old joined Queens late on Friday and made an instant debut as a late substitute in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Raith Rovers.

The midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Alloa Athletic, will stay at Palmerston Park until the end of the season and Naysmith liked what he saw in the player’s cameo at the weekend.

He said: “I thought for the 15 minutes he was on he was one that looked to try to get his foot on the ball and we feel we’ve been missing that a wee bit.

“We only got the deal over the line at five o’clock on Friday but it was great that Celtic let him come and train before we had completed the paperwork.

“So, he only met the lads on Friday but I think, whatever John Rankin, Joe Thomson, Kyle Jacobs offer us, he offers us something different.

“He wants to go and get the ball from the back and try to play a bit, and he doesn’t really get flustered.

“We’re grateful to Celtic and the chairman for making it happen – Celtic for not taking a lot of money off us and the chairman for finding the money.

“I just felt it was worthwhile getting in somebody who offered us something different, and he did himself no harm at all in the time he was on.

“He looked composed on the ball and he probably made the most passes for us in the 15 minutes he was on, which tells you what type of game it was.”