ALLOA manager Jim Goodwin revealed he is still on the hunt for new signings as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of the crucial third quarter of the season.

He has already moved to bring in striker Ross Stewart on loan from St Mirren, and has extended Celtic forward PJ Crossan's temporary deal at the Indodrill Stadium.

The Wasps boss is also in talks to extend defender Callum Crane's loan from Hibernian, and is working hard to bring in more new recruits.

Goodwin told Advertiser Sport: "We are always looking for players who can improve the team. The teams around us are strengthening so it's vital that we do the same.

"We are working very hard behind the scenes to identify targets, and we have to make sure we are able to get them in. It's all about getting guys in who are going to make us stronger.

"We're at that stage of the season now where players start to pick up a lot of yellow cards and we've got a few boys who are only one or two bookings away from a suspension.

"It's really important that when that does happen, we've got players who can come in to replace them.

"We're in talks with Hibs and we're expecting to get something tied up next week. Callum's loan doesn't run out until the 15th of January so it wasn't an immediate concern. PJ's finished a bit sooner so it was important to get that tied up quickly.

"We'd like to bring another loan in but if we can't do that then we'll bring someone in permanently.

"We're not leaving any stone unturned and we are trying really hard, but other clubs are strengthening as well so we have to make sure we get ahead of the pack to bring in the players we want."

Goodwin was gutted after his side's final game of 2017 was called off, with Airdrieonians' pitch deemed unplayable thanks to heavy snow in North Lanarkshire, and he is conscious of a potential fixture backlog if more games are called off.

He said: "We had prepared all week for the game being on and although the weather conditions weren't great, we are disappointed Airdrie couldn't get the snow cleared off the pitch in time.

"I don't know the ins and outs of the situation but I'd like to think they have tried all they could to get the game on. I'm sure they would have preferred to play it much like ourselves.

"It's something we can't control but it has given us another Tuesday night game we could be doing without. We've got the Arbroath game to play as well so we could end up with four games in the space of a fortnight."

The Wasps have been handed a boost with Frank McKeown set to return to the squad this week, while Steven Hetherington and Kevin Cawley, who would have missed out against Airdrie, could also be involved.

Goodwin added: "Stevie picked up a knock in training and Kevin has been in Ireland for family reasons so it wasn't a disaster that the game was off.

"This week we should have a bigger squad. Frank was going to be back in the squad against Airdrie, which is a big bonus because he adds a bit of experience and character."