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NEW signing Alistair McCann could have been preparing for home ties against Aberdeen and Hibs.

Instead, the midfielder has swapped St Johnstone for Stranraer and vital matches with Brechin City and Stenhousemuir.

McCann was an unused substitute for Stranraer during the defeat to Dumbarton just two days after making the loan switch.

Now, he is hoping to force his way into the team and to help his new side towards safety.

He said: “First things first, we need to get some wins and drag ourselves up the table.

“Then, we can start playing from there, once we have got some points on the board.

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“You cannot dwell on the games that are already done.

“You cannot change it now so we go again next week.

“Hopefully, we can get three points.

“Next week is a big game, especially against a team that is around about us.

“If we get three points against them then it puts us above them and makes the gap bigger.

“You don’t want to be in a relegation dogfight in the last few weeks of the season.”

The 19-year-old has already made five appearances for Tommy Wright’s first team, including starting against Ross County at the end of last season.

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However, with first team opportunities limited, he decided to try to go out and get some first team experience elsewhere.

The Edinburgh teenager joined his new team mates on the team bus down from Glasgow and will be training with them during the week ahead of the trip to Glebe Park.

Speaking after the full time whistle on Saturday, he said: “I’ve been trying to get out on loan for a wee bit.

“The gaffer (Tommy Wright) pulled me in and said there was interest from Stranraer.

“It is a decent level and I thought it was a good opportunity to get some games.

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“First team games are more competitive and I need to get some games under my belt rather than just sitting in the stands or playing reserves.

“After today, hopefully, I can get out there and get some games and improve.

“I would definitely rather be out there playing games.

“It has been a while now and in the last few months of the season I want to be out there playing games and getting some experience.”

Photos: Stranraer FC, Glenn Coulter LBIPP, St Johnstone FC

SPFL 3L1 6474

1 Raith Rovers 28 53
2 Falkirk 28 52
3 Airdrieonians 28 48
4 Montrose 28 47
5 East Fife 28 45
6 Dumbarton 28 38
7 Clyde 28 34
8 Peterhead 27 26
9 Forfar Athletic 28 24
10 Stranraer 27 16

2019/20 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Scott Robertson (DEF)
3 - Jordan Allan (DEF)
4 - Adam Cummins (DEF)
5 - Lee Hamilton (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - James Hilton (MID/STR)
8 - Grant Gallagher (MID)
9 - Ryan Stevenson (STR)
10 - Denny Johnstone (STR)
11 - Joao Victoria (MID/STR)

12 - Carlo Pignatiello (DEF/MID)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID/STR)
16 - Lewis McIntyre (DEF)
20 - Jordan Ross (MID)

21 - Dale Burgess (GK)
22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF/MID)
23 - Ryan Thomson (MID)
77 - Andy Stirling (MID)