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Tuesday 25 May 2021
U21 defender Finlayson on the move

Northern Ireland Under-21 defender Daniel Finlayson has joined St Mirren on a permanent two-year deal following a successful loan spell with the club.

The 20-year-old right-back linked up with the Paisley outfit on a season-long loan from Rangers at the start of the season and despite making just three first-team appearances he did enough to impress Buddies boss Jim Goodwin.

“I want to give young lads an opportunity,” said Goodwin. “He’s one for the future. We had that conversation with Daniel and his representatives. We explained the project to Daniel and what we were going to be looking for from him.

“He can play right-centre-back in a three-at-the-back formation, centre-back and right-back. He covers a lot of positions.”

During his time at Ibrox, Finlayson, who also enjoyed a loan spell in the USA with Orange County last year, skippered the Rangers U18 side to Scottish Youth Cup success over rivals Celtic in 2019.

He has also been a regular member of the Northern Ireland underage set-up and was part of Andy Crosby’s under-21 squad for their final qualifying game against Ukraine back in November.

Born in Glasgow, Finlayson made his debut as a late substitute for St Mirren in their 3-1 Scottish Premiership victory over Ross County last month and started versus both Hamilton Academicals and Kilmarnock in the closing weeks of the season.