St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has rated Daniel Finlayson’s first start for the Paisley club ahead of his transfer from Rangers in the summer.

The Northern Irish youth international signed on loan from Rangers at the start of the season and made his first start in the 2-1 weekend defeat to Hamilton. Finlayson will leave Ibrox permanently at the end of the season and sign for St Mirren.

The Rangers loanee debuted on Saturday.

The Rangers loanee debuted on Saturday. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images for DFB)

Goodwin said of the young defender’s debut: “Daniel has come on loan from Rangers mainly for us to have a look at him in training and to see how he got on alongside senior pros on a daily basis. He competes against Jon Obika, Lee Erwin, Kristian Dennis and Collin Quaner daily and does really well.

“We felt it was the right time to give him his opportunity. I thought he did OK. He’s still a young man and there’s bits of his game that he needs to improve on. But overall I thought he had a decent performance.”

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