Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes hopes to extend attacker Jon Gallagher’s loan from Atlanta United until the end of the season.
The Irishman is on loan at Pittodrie from the MLS side until January but having impressed since his arrival the Dons boss would welcome the chance to keep Gallagher until the end of the season.
He said: “If there is an option to try to keep Jon with us for the full season, like we discussed at the outset, then that’s something we’d be keen to do.”
Gallagher, right, is available for the trip to Livingston today after fears he had broken his leg against St Johnstone last weekend proved unfounded. His return is a rare piece of good news in what has been a horrendous few days for the club after Funso Ojo was ruled out until 2020 with a hamstring tear while Craig Bryson faces a month on the sidelines with ankle injury.
The duo join long-term absentees Ash Taylor, Scott McKenna, Scott Wright and Stephen Gleeson on the treatment table but McInnes has backed his squad to cope.
He said: “The only good news was that Gal wasn’t as bad as first feared and he’s just managed to train today.
“We’re still trying to focus on the good players we’ve got available.
But there’s no doubt when you’re without key players it can be a challenge.
“We look at other options. I’m actually looking forward to trying to find the best way forward for us with what’s available and trying to use the players we have got to try to come up with the right system to get winning performances.”
This afternoon’s trip to Livingston is the first of three important away games in a row for the Dons who also face Hearts at Tynecastle in the Betfred Cup on Wednesday before facing Rangers at Ibrox next weekend.
McInnes said: “It’s very rare that you don’t have a big week and important games ahead of you at the club. We’re looking forward to the games.”