St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin says Daniel Finlayson can emulate past and present Buddies right-back’s in Jason Naismith and Marcus Fraser ahead of swapping Rangers for Paisley permanently.
The Northern Irish youth international joined from Rangers on loan in the summer but St Mirren have an agreement in place to make his move permanent. That will happen this summer and Finlayson made his Buddies debut in the 3-1 win over Ross County in Scottish Premiership action this week.
Capable of playing most positions in the defensive line, Goodwin is predicting a bright future for the current Rangers loanee and soon-to-be permanent Buddie: “We gave Daniel his debut on Wednesday. He is on loan from Rangers at the moment but we have a contract in place for him and an agreement in place with Rangers.
“He will join us on a full-time basis in the summer. I want to give young lads an opportunity. He’s one for the future. We had that conversation with Daniel and his representatives. We explained the project to Daniel and what we were going to be looking for from Daniel.
“It was never about Daniel coming in and getting 15-20 first-team games. We wanted him to come in and train regularly with senior pros. We wanted him to train with the likes of Jonathan Obika, Lee Erwin and Kristian Dennis. He can play right-centre-back in a three-at-the-back formation, centre-back and right-back. He covers a lot of positions.
“He had a really good loan period with Orange County in the USA, where Rangers have a partnership. It was a very successful loan period and I watched a lot of him on YouTube. He caught the eye with his energy and professionalism.
“We are looking at him as Marcus Fraser or Jason Naismith-type, one that is going to go on and have a very successful career. He is one of a number of young lads in the squad. He is learning all the time.”
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