St Johnstone have scoured everywhere from Manchester United to St Mirren for loan signings – and manager Callum Davidson wants some of these players to stay permanently.

The Scottish Premiership club were hit with two Deadline Day blows, captain Jason Kerr and key asset Ali McCann leaving the club for Wigan and Preston. Saints signed eight players over the summer, six of which were loans. Left-back Reece Devine arrived from Manchester United while Hayden Muller came from Millwall.

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Devine has arrived on loan from Manchester United. (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Midfielder Cammy MacPherson and Ali Crawford both arrived on Deadline Day from St Mirren and Bolton alongside Brighton’s Lars Dendoncker while Glenn Middleton returned to the club temporarily from Rangers. Of these players, only Middleton’s parent club contract runs beyond next summer.

And Davidson wants some of the loan players tied up permanently: “We’ll be hoping to make a couple of loan deals permanent but the priority was making sure we got players in in time. The worst scenario would have been losing Ali and not getting Cammy (MacPherson) in.

“I’ve spoken to the chairman about getting players tied up and already start planning for January and pre-contracts. I’ve always said I don’t like too many loans players in my team. But we’ve had to do it a bit differently this time. Hopefully we’ll get players tied up soon.”

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