St Mirren sign up Manchester United youngster Matty Willock

Matty Willock has joined St Mirren on a season-long loan from Manchester United, the Paisley club have announced.

The 21-year-old midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at St Johnstone where he scored one goal in 12 appearances.

Willock is pleased to get another chance to feature in Scotland’s top flight where the new season starts next week.

The Londoner told “I’m really delighted. I spoke to the gaffer and he really sold me on the way he wants the team to progress this season.

“I know what I am coming into. I know the tempo of the game is really quick so hopefully my experience last season stands me in good stead.

“I’m a midfielder, I work hard, I try and drive forward with the ball and will hopefully chip in with some goals and assists.”

The deal will be finalised once international clearance is received.

Ahead of the Betfred Cup tie against Dumbarton at the Simple Digital Arena on Saturday, Stubbs said of Willock:  “He certainly brings a physicality to the midfield, most importantly he brings competition for places.

“He is a big lad, six foot one or two, powerful, aggressive, he will get around the pitch.

“He is a threat in terms of scoring which is what I want to add to the midfield area and he certainly gives us a lot of options in there.”

The Paisley side, newly promoted to the Ladbrokes Premiership, have carved out three draws before three penalty shoot-out wins in Group H, the most recent against League Two amateurs Queen’s Park at Hampden Park on Tuesday night following a goalless 90 minutes.

Saints are one point behind Kilmarnock, who host Queen’s Park, with only the group winners and four best runners-up going through to the knockout stages.

Stubbs, who will go with the same squad from Tuesday night, said: “We don’t know mathematically who is going to be top.

“There is a lot of ifs and maybes at the moment.

“If Kilmarnock don’t win we could finish the group on top, there are lots of permutations but the only thing I am interested in right now is winning the game. It is as simple as that.

“Then after the game, if we do our bit, we can see where we have finished and whether we have progressed.”

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