ST MIRREN have signed Craig Reid on an emergency loan from Motherwell after right-back Keith Watson was ruled out for two to three months with ankle ligament damage. With Jason Naismith also out with a long-term injury, manager Ian Murray has moved to fill the void by recruiting the one-time Morton defender until January.

Reid has not long returned from injury himself after sitting out the end of last season and the start of this one but is fit again and looking forward to featuring for the Championship side, starting with a debut against Falkirk tomorrow afternoon.

The 29 year-old said: “It all happened quite quickly this morning. I went into training at Motherwell and about 10 o’clock I was on my way here. I’ve trained [with St Mirren] today and looking forward to playing tomorrow.

“I was injured in March and it’s important I get back to playing some first team games as the under-20s aren’t the same standard or level. I didn’t hesitate when I was asked to come here, it’s a good league and a good club to be at.

“Hopefully I can bring experience of playing at this level and playing in the top league as well, so coming back down I know what the league is like. Hopefully it’ll work out well for both parties and they’ll see I give it all on the pitch. I’ve joined a good club and a club that wants to do well in the league so hopefully I can help that.”

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee felt it was a good move for his player. He said: “This is an ideal opportunity for Craig to play some game time at a very good club and it gives me the chance to get a look at him in a competitive environment.”