Dan the man on City debut

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DANIEL McKay enjoyed a dream City debut when he came on in the second half to turn a one-nil reverse at home to Peterhead into a three-one victory (writes Steve Mitchell).

To say the introduction of the SPL youngster, on loan from Kilmarnock, who turns twenty this week, transformed the home side’s performance could be considered the understatement of the season.

City went from being a side unable to retain the ball in the last third of the park to one that threatened going forward at every juncture and young McKay played a starring role alongside fellow substitute Jamie Redman.

Daniel said: “I enjoyed it. The park was a wee bit heavy, but I thought we did well to come back so strong.

“Last year I went on loan for a month to Arbroath when Jim Weir and Kevin McGowne were there.

“I picked up an injury and was only able to play the one game. Earlier this season I also had a spell at Ayr United, so I know the second division and managed to net a few times for Ayr.

“I have three months here to prove myself with Brechin City.

“My contract is up in the summer and I have to convince our manager that I am worthy of another deal. In doing that it can only help Brechin and help me into the bargain.

“There are some similarities with the side Brechin have and the side Ayr have.

“Both are tough sides who like to get the ball down and pass it and they both keep going until the final whistle. We showed that with Jamie’s third goal, when we had gone down to ten men.

“I hope I can help Brechin win promotion. It was the same at Ayr; every game is important and means something.

“I just have to keep working hard and try and do my best. They have some good strikers here. Davie McKenna showed that today with his two goals and everyone knows about Rory McAllister.

“I feel like I have made a good start, but there is a lot more to come from me. I know I can score goals and hopefully with Brechin I will get the opportunity to do that.”

Daniel arrived on a three-month loan at the end of the week, having bagged three goals on loan to Ayr United earlier in the season. He was all set to play a vital role in the squad against them on Tuesday evening (last night).

Jim Weir said of Daniel’s performance on Saturday: “He gave us more options and our link-up play improved dramatically after he came on.

“We went too long in the game where our front players weren’t keeping hold of the ball and Daniel gave us a lift there.

“It’s all about application with him. He has ability, if he works hard, he can achieve a great deal in the game.”

The games will come thick and fast for Brechin City in the coming weeks.

Fans will know how City fared in their midweek clash at home to Ayr United (assuming the game beats the weather).

Next up is a trip to East Fife this Saturday, with league leaders Livingston due at the Glebe on Tuesday evening of next week.