Toon strengthened by two new signings

Peterhead FC have bolstered their ranks with the signing of Ryan McGeever from Falkirk on a six-month loan and Stephen O’Neill from Aberdeen on a one-month loan.

McGeever joined The Bairns in 2012 and made eight appearances for the Championship club last season.

The 18-year-old, who began his career at Queen’s Park, announced his move on Twitter.

He tweeted: “Happy to have agreed a loan move with Peterhead, hopefully can do a gd job for the club and gain good experience for nxt season.”

The youngster is a welcome addition to Jim McInally’s defence following several poor performances from his first-choice back four.

Following the departure of loanee centre back Ross Smith, who formed a formidable partnership with Scott Ross last season, and the delay to Callum MacDonald’s return from injury, McInally’s make-shift defence has conceded 11 goals in five competitive matches this season.

McInally said: “As far as Ryan goes, we’ve been in the market for a central defender for some time.

“Ryan was in the first team at Falkirk last season and Steven Pressley thought the world of him. Then he got injured and fell down the pecking order a wee bit.

“He’s a big boy which I think we were needing somebody big and physical in that area of the park. Hopefully everything works out well for both parties.”

Balmoor also welcome’s Aberden U-20s captain Stephen O’Neill on an initial one month loan deal.

McInally is delighted to have the midfielder, who will provide cover for Bryan Gilfillan and Dean Cowie, both of whom will miss at least two matches due to work commitments.

He said: “I felt we needed to bolster the squad at this particular time to help us get a foothold in games and we’re trying to bring up the quality just a wee bit to help us get through this period when we’re missing players. “Stephen’s a wee technical player and sometimes we need that in the middle of the park, somebody who’s going to put their foot on the ball and keep posesion. Hopefully Stephen will give us that boost.”

Both players will be in the squad for Saturday’s match against Elgin.