Tuesday 26 July 2011

'Keeper Andy McNeil signs on

Andy McNeil has become the latest new signing for Livingston manager Gary Bollan, after finalising a one-year contract yesterday evening.

Bollan moved quickly to snap up the free agent after it emerged that first-choice goalkeeper Tony Bullock faces a lengthy injury lay-off, which will keep him out of action for the foreseeable future.

A former Scottish youth internationalist, McNeil spent last season with Raith Rovers and featured regularly for the Kirkcaldy side towards the end of the campaign, as they battled with Fife rivals Dunfermline for the First Division title.

Failure to beat off the Pars for promotion saw Rovers make hefty cuts to their playing staff and McNeil was released along with fourteen of his team-mates.

McNeil's spell at Stark's Park was preceded by a year with Montrose in the Third Division after he was released by Hibernian, where he graduated through the youth ranks.

In between times the 24-year old made a single trialist appearance for Livi when he filled in for Roddy McKenzie in a 1-0 defeat at Berwick in August 2009.

Now he's set to feature for the Lions on a more regular basis after Gary Bollan identified him as the man to fill in for the injured Bullock.

McNeil will be available for selection for Saturday's Scottish Communities League Cup game against Arbroath.

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