Young Dunfermline striker Gabby McGill has suggested is ready to take his chance in the wake of Kevin Nisbet’s ankle injury – and building a partnership with Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi is also on the agenda.

The 19-year-old was handed a start against Arbroath on Tuesday, but couldn’t make the difference during a poor game, which finished 0-0.

Nisbet could be a miss. (Photo by Robbie Boyd)

The result means the teams stay level on 35 points in the Championship and remain two behind fourth-placed Dundee, who could only manage a 0-0 draw with Alloa Athletic.

Speaking afterwards to the club’s official website, McGill conceded it wasn’t the best of watches for supporters.

He said: “I have mixed emotions really, for those who have seen the game and come down to watch. It definitely wasn’t pretty but we have dug it out and done what we had to do to get a point.

“I think overall we are pleased with that, we just need to win the next couple of games and looking back on it, it will be a positive point.”

Gabby McGill is eyeing more first-team chances

Gabby McGill is eyeing more first-team chances (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

McGill, a 2019 summer signing from Middlesbrough, is now looking forward to a potential run in the starting XI alongside Celtic prospect Afolabi with Nisbet out of the picture for now.

He added: “Jon is a hell of a player but building that partnership, it is only going to get better. He has scored a hell of a lot of goals and we have come to rely on him to win us games. So it is big shoes to fill but hopefully I will keep on doing my best and see how many goals I can score.”

Opportunity knocks for McGill

The indication is that Nisbet may be out for some time, with Dunfermline confirming the player has ankle ligament damage.

Opportunities between now and the end of the season could, therefore, be fairly plentiful for the promising McGill, who grabbed his first goal for the club against Queen of the South in early February.

He appears to be relishing the prospect of playing some more with Afolabi and Stevie Crawford would certainly like to hope the pair can strike up a good understanding in the absence of the 23-goal Nisbet.

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