ALLOA loan star Sam Roscoe is hoping his temporary stay at the Wasps can help him hit the same heights as Aberdeen team-mate Scott McKenna.

McKenna impressed during a brief stint with the Wee County side in 2016 and has since gone on to captain Scotland, with the Dons turning down multi-million pound bids from Celtic and Aston Villa for the defender.

Fellow centre-back Roscoe says McKenna shared some of his experience before his move to the Wasps, and is desperate to take his chance to show what he can do.

Roscoe told Advertiser Sport: “Scott McKenna came here a couple of years ago and I’ve heard all about that. You only need to look at where he is now. You just have to take your chances when they come along and hopefully when I do go back to Aberdeen, whether that’s in January or at the end of the season, they notice how well I’ve done.

“Scott mentioned a few of the boys who are still here from when he was on loan. I’ve played with him quite a bit when he wasn’t in the first team. He’s a good lad and he’s still the same guy he was when he wasn’t playing in the first team, even though he’s captaining Scotland. I always listen to what he says.

“At Aberdeen there are chances there if you’re good enough. It’s all about proving to them that I am good enough and that I’m ready to take that step.”

The 20-year-old Englishman made his senior debut as Alloa drew with Dundee United at the Indodrill Stadium.

Although he enjoyed the experience, the defender spoke of his regret that the Wasps had failed to claim all three points.

He said: “I really enjoyed my debut. I think it would have been a lot better if we had got the three points, because we had the chances to kill the game off but we have got to learn from that. We need to defend set pieces better and we have got to take our chances when they come.

“They know what they are doing at set pieces and they work hard on it. It’s disappointing to concede that way because you want them to have to break you down but when they’ve done it through a set piece it’s disappointing. We will look back on it and hopefully we can fix it in time for next week.

“There were a few chances missed which is to be expected but with the talent we’ve got up front I was always confident we’d get back into it. I know throughout the season that the boys will take their chances so it’s just a case of looking forward to the season.”

The youngster revealed he had only trained once with his new team-mates before his debut, but reckons he is already settling in and is desperate for the chance to make his mark in senior football.

Roscoe added: “My first training session was only on Thursday. I played on Monday for Aberdeen reserves and then I was told on Tuesday that I’d be coming down here and staying Thursday and Friday. I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. I’m really looking forward to playing in the Championship.

“This is my first loan move so it is a lot different to the U20s league but it’s the next step for me. I’m going to be playing against good, experienced strikers week in, week out and I thought I did ok.

“That’s my first senior start and it’s something I’ve been looking forward to for years. I’ve been working towards it playing in the reserves for two or three years and this is what it’s all been building up to.”