Alloa Athletic gaffer Jack Ross is delighted to have tied up a deal for former Rangers and Partick Thistle defender Ryan Finnie. 

The 20-year-old joined the club on a free transfer until the end of the season after leaving Annan Athletic. 

The gaffer is delighted with his new signing and feels he is the ideal player to boost the squad after losing both Scott McKenna and Michael Doyle during the transfer window. 

Ross told Advertiser sport: "We are delighted to get Ryan into the club because he is exactly the type of defensive player we need after the departure of Doyle and McKenna. It was something that we tried to get done before the window closed, but we were in no rush once we heard he was to become a free agent. 

"Ryan comes here as a young player with a point to prove having been at some bigger clubs and it not quite come off for him. That proves he has the ability for this kind of level and it is just about giving him that platform now and hopefully he can kick on here at Alloa.

"He has a lot of good attributes and that is why he was picked up by the likes of Rangers and Partick, but now it is all about fulfilling his potential and so hopefully he can do that here."

Finnie, who will wear the number 19 shirt, is thrilled to be joining up with Jack Ross once again after working under him during a loan spell at Dumbarton, and he cannot wait for his debut against his former club Rangers a week on Saturday. 

The Wasps new boy said: "I am delighted to sign for Alloa and this is a really good league for me to come and test myself in. Jack helped me immensely in our time together at Dumbarton, so it was an easy decision for me to come and work with him again.

"I have played at Annan this season so this is a chance for me to step up a level and prove myself. I am keen to come in and help the team to climb the table in what is a very exciting league to play in."

The Wasps boss admits he would still like to add further to his squad if he can in the coming week, but says he will only add players if they can improve the squad. 

Ross added: "I aware of the reality of the situation we find ourselves in, but my priority is to work with and improve the group we have here.

"We will try to add one or two more if we can depending on what's available in the free transfer market, but if not then we will look to bring the best out of the squad that we have."