Club News

Blue Toon boss keen to keep youngster

Thu 08 Dec 2016

Peterhead manager Jim McInally wants to extend Fiacre Kelleher's loan deal until the end of the season.

The Celtic youngster has been an ever present in the Blue Toon line-up since signing in July.

The Irish defender has made steady progress in his 21 appearances for the club, scoring two headed goals.

Kelleher is due to return to the Scottish Premiership title holders in early January but McInally is keen to hang on the 20 year old.

The Peterhead boss claims convincing the player's representative, rather than his club, is the key to making the Cork-born defender's stay a longer one.

McInally said: "Initially Celtic were keen to put him out for the season anyway and the only reason that did not happen was because his agent wanted to see how he got on."

"The boy is happy with how things are going for him in terms of his development."

"He plays a lot for Celtic through the week in a cross-border tournament against teams like Valencia, which was last week, and just before that he was down in Norwich."

"Mixed in with that comes the reality of football, which I think he needs, playing competitively in League 1 and learning the game physically."

Kelleher has proven to be effective in both boxes and while defensive duties are his priority, the giant stopper has become a useful attacking option especially in the latter stages of games.

McInally added: "I think everybody can see a big difference in him, particularly in how well he headers the ball."

"He is now starting to dominate in the air and even when we pushed him up front in the last 10 minutes against Airdrie, he won just about every header."

"I think his development has been good and I would like to think that his agent would be happy to continue that."

"Certainly, the player is and I have already told Fiacre that he controls his agent so I am hopeful we will get that loan deal redone."

 

By Glenn Moir