Horn makes O'Kane his first signing of the January window

Berwick manager Robbie Horn has made his first venture into the January transfer market by signing midfielder Declan O'Kane from Junior side Musselburgh Athletic.

Tuesday, 9th January 2018, 8:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th January 2018, 8:59 am

And he has also secured the services of goalkeeper Robbie McCrorie until the end of the season after agreeing to extend his stay from parent club Rangers.

O’Kane, who is 22, played youth football with Hearts before joining Dunfermline Where he played for the U17s and U20s. He also had a short loan spell with Division 2 side Montrose and in 2015 made 19 appearances for East Fife during their title-winning campaign.

Horn is delighted to have secured the player, admitting he has had his eye on him for a while.

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“I’ve tried to sign Declan twice before,” he said, “once when he left East Fife and then again in the summer whilst at Musselburgh.

“He can play a number of positions, is comfortable on the ball but what I really like about him is his fantastic attitude to the game. He’s got good energy levels, a bit dig about him and most importantly he’s a winner”.

O’Kane, who is likely to be named in the squad for the home game against Annan at Shielfield on Saturday said: “I’m delighted to be signing for Berwick Rangers. I’ve been choking to get back into Senior football and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

Meanwhile, 19 year-old McCrorie, who has been a regular in the Berwick team all season, has extended his loan deal from SPL Rangers until the end of the campaign.

After joining the club towards the end of last season, the Scotland U19 and U21 international, who recently signed a new four and a half year contract with the Ibrox club, has made 26 appearances and has kept eight clean sheets, claiming several ‘Man of the Match’ awards.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to continuing my loan spell with the club and the challenges ahead.

“Everyone has made me feel welcome from day one and I’m hoping that I can end the season successfully for myself and Berwick.”

Horn was happy to see the deal extended and said: “I’m delighted that we have managed to extend Robby’s loan deal. He’s an outstanding young goalkeeper with a big future ahead of him.

“He sets himself high standards, has a fantastic attitude to training and games and is just a great young man that we think very highly of at Berwick.”