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Elgin City sign second Aberdeen youngster on loan with arrival of midfielder Kevin Hanratty who played first half of season at Highland League Formartine United

By Craig Christie

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ELGIN City have raided Pittodrie for a second time to bring Aberdeen youngster Kevin Hanratty in on loan for the rest of the season.

Kevin Hanratty (left) in action for Formartine United this season. Picture: Phil Harman
Kevin Hanratty (left) in action for Formartine United this season. Picture: Phil Harman

The 18-year-old midfielder has impressed this season in a loan spell at Highland League side Formartine United, where he scored six goals.

City manager Gavin Price brought in left back Evan Towler from the Dons on a loan spell, with Towler featuring in the Black and Whites' last two matches.

Price hopes Hanratty will make a similar impact to 17-year-old Towler in his Borough Briggs spell.

"Kevin is a good footballer, he keeps the ball very well and he’s got a trick or two," said Price

"He shows good link-up play and he’s another one we are pleased to bring in from Aberdeen.

"We’ve seen how quickly Evan had slotted in at the club.

"Getting in two boys from the same club helps them settle in a wee bit easier. Evan has fitted in absolutely brilliantly and I hope the same happens with Kevin.

"It’s going to add competition for places, it gives us another attacking option and hopefully he will enjoy his time at the club."

Hanratty featured on the left side of Formartine's midfield this season and showed a good eye for goal.

He will come straight into City's squad for Saturday's League Two match at home to Albion Rovers.

Price is also trying to extend a loan deal for Cove Rangers midfielder Ross Draper, whose present deal has expired.

The Elgin manager is also weighing up options to bring in another defender and a striker.

Last week he signed Rabin Omar from Stirling Albion for a second spell at the Moray club.

One player on the way out at Borough Briggs is defender Creag Little, who has made his loan move to Darvel permanent.

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