St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson wants to keep Ali Crawford at McDiarmid Park once his loan deal with the Perth side ends in January – and admits he’s already spoken about it with chairman Steve Brown.

Crawford has had an immediate impact since his move from Bolton and Davidson is keen to make it into a more permanent agreement.

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The former Hamilton star scored the winner at the weekend as Davidson’s side ended Dundee United’s impressive unbeaten run and the Saints boss confessed he wasn’t surprised by the quality of the 30-year-old’s goal at Tannadice.

“Do I want to keep Ali? Definitely!” Davidson said.


“We’ve already spoken about it. I’ll be sitting with the chairman to discuss all the players and looking at what we can do.

“Ali is enjoying himself and long may it continue, especially when he’s scoring goals like that.

“It’s very physical in England, so you see a lot more of his quality up here.

“His movement and energy levels are tremendous, but the biggest thing is the quality he has in front of goal. That was half a chance on Saturday and it was just an unbelievable finish. He does it in training all the time, so it didn’t surprise me.”

Crawford happy to stay at St Johnstone

Crawford is also keen to stick around at McDiarmid Park and hopes he can extend his stay at St Johnstone beyond January.

Whether he ends up staying permanently or not remains to be seen but an extension to his loan would appear to be a formality at this stage – unless Bolton have other plans.

“The loan is until January but I’m hopeful that it will get extended until the end of the season,” he told said.

“I’m enjoying my football here. Hopefully I can keep popping with goals and help us climb the league.

“I 100 per cent want to stay but unfortunately it’s not down to me.

“If the club want to keep me until the end of the season I’ll be more than delighted to do that.”

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