Thursday 28th January 2016

TOM WALSH came away from Kirkcaldy on Saturday exhausted, having been worked harder than in under-20 football.

Now he can’t wait to do it all again.

The on-loan Rangers forward made his Dumbarton debut in the goalless draw with Raith Rovers, putting in an impressive 83-minute shift before being substituted.

He hopes it will be the first of many games he plays for Sons in their efforts to retain a place in the Championship.

He said: “I’m delighted to be getting game time. Being 19, and having had injuries, the biggest thing is to kick on and be involved in games, especially in the same league as Rangers.

“Hopefully during my time at Dumbarton, I can play as many games as I can and stay free of injuries.

“I enjoyed the first half on Saturday. It was quite an equal half and we created a few chances to go in front.

“The second was a bit more about putting in a shift. I think we dropped back a bit but in the end it was a good point to take.

“The entire team put in some hard work and game away with a result. It was certainly a more competitive game than I play in under-20 football.”

Game number two of Tom’s stay at Dumbarton is scheduled for this Saturday, with Livingston due to visit the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium.

But it’s more than the West Lothian club that will need to be beaten – the weather may be an obstacle to Sons’ hopes as well.

Tom added: “It’s a massive game for us. If we win we go six points clear with a game in hand, so that will be a bit of daylight between us and the bottom two.

“I just hope it will be on, as I’ve heard the weather isn’t going to be great.

“I know the Rangers under-20 game was switched from Dumbarton’s stadium to Murray Park because of the weather.

“But hopefully this game will get the go-ahead and we can get the result we need.”

Andrew Galloway

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