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Tuesday 25 Jul 2017
Ross County FC have signed Northern Ireland international Billy McKay

SCOTTISH Premiership side Ross County have swooped to sign Wigan Athletic striker Billy McKay on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 28-year-old, who made only 11 appearances for the Latics during his two-and-half years at the DW Stadium, is of course no stranger to Scottish football having previously played for Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United.

County boss Jim McIntyre has been a long-term admirer of the Corby-born striker and was pleased to have concluded the deal prior to the start of the league campaign.

“I’m delighted to bring Billy to Dingwall,” said McIntyre, who sold McKay’s international colleague Liam Boyce to Burton earlier in the summer, “he is a player that we know well and the type of player that we feel can do well for us.

“I was keen to add more goal threat to our squad and Billy gives us that.  He is great in and around the box and I am sure he will get goals for us.”

The former Leicester City trainee had a prolific first spell in Scotland with Inverness scoring a very impressive 64 goals in a 115 games for the Highland’s outfit.

That form earned him a move to Wigan in February 2015, but he failed to nail down a first team place and was loaned out to Dundee United for the 2015/16 season scoring 16 goals in 35 appearances.

Last term he had a six-month loan spell at Oldham Athletic under former Northern Ireland assistant boss Stephen Robinson managing four goals in 33 outings with the League One side.

He was on his travels again during the January transfer window when he returned to Scotland with Caley Thistle, however, his second stint at the Caledonian Stadium was less productive and the club suffered  relegation to the Championship at the end of the season.

McKay, whose grandparents are from Northern Ireland, has won 11 caps for his country his last appearance coming in a 1-1 draw with Wales in March last year.