By Ben Banks and David Buick

Ethan Ross could have been on the beach in Dubai this week- but he’s happy enough with first-team football at Dunfermline.

The youngster recently made a loan switch from Aberdeen to East End Park. He started for Aberdeen against Hibs in October but consistent first-team minutes have proven hard to come by.

They’ve opted to send him to East End Park to gain this experience. Ross was thrown in at the deep end on his debut, starting in the 1-0 defeat to Ayr.

Ross says that he’s happy to be in Dunfermline, despite the fact he had the chance to travel to Dubai with Aberdeen’s first-team this week.

“If I had stayed I would have been away to Dubai – but East End Park is just as good,” said Ross. “As soon as I knew Dunfermline were keen I was ready to go. If I’d stayed at Aberdeen then you never know, they might have gone out and got somebody else.

McInnes’ side are out in Dubai. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“I knew when this opportunity came I had to take it and that’s what I have done. I’ve been to Dubai so I don’t need to go again do I? Dubai is really good for the boys, it gets them away all together. But I am focused on my time here at Dunfermline.

“I am looking to get as much game time as I can out of the loan and get a bit of match experience at a really high level. The Championship in Scotland is a good level and I’ll try to play as many games as possible and help the team as much as I can.

“Saturday was close to what I have seen in the Premiership. The standard is good, really high. That is one of the reasons I wanted to come here – to challenge myself against good teams like Ayr.

Dunfermline lost against Ayr. (Photo by Robbie Boyd)

“It was a challenging game but it’s not the way I wanted to start my time here. I thought I did alright in bits but I’d like to have helped the team more – that’s the type of player I am.

“I like to set up goals and I like to score goal. It’s a real disappointment for the team to come away from the game with nothing after having so much possession and so many chances.”

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