IT IS HARD to say whether Alloa have ever completed a piece of business as shrewd as that which saw Jamie MacDonald arrive in Clackmannanshire.

The former Hearts and Falkirk goalkeeper made the switch to the Recs in the most unfortunate circumstances when he joined on an emergency loan deal in September following a devastating injury to Neil Parry.

It felt like a coup for the Wasps at the time and so it has proved with the former Scotland player going from strength-to-strength and making the most saves of any goalkeeper in the Championship.

It's no wonder the Wee County faithful are desperate to see him extend his stay until the end of the season.

Circumstances could dictate a move – Kilmarnock recently sacked their manager Angelo Alessio, who oversaw his temporary departure from Ayrshire – and MacDonald admits he will have to wait until the new year for clarity.

But, now that he's back playing and loving his football, he is clear that he has no interest in playing second-fiddle once again.

"Ijust go week-to-week and that's the situation with Neil still being out injured at the moment," MacDonald told Advertiser Sport.

"As soon as he's back fit then I will go back to Kilmarnock and I have not heard anything otherwise. There's obviously been a bit of a change there so I suppose we will find out more in the new year regarding that.

"I am happy to stay here and play games and I am not wanting to go back and sit on the bench. I am thoroughly enjoying it and I want to help Alloa climb the table."

MacDonald was in fine form yet again on Saturday at Dunfermline, producing a stunning double-save from Kevin Nisbet to keep Alloa in the game and ultimately helping the part-timers secure their first win in five matches.

After a self-confessed difficult start to life in Clacks, the 33-year-old is now displaying the sort of form which led to a call-up to Alex McLeish's Scotland squad not so long ago, where current boss Peter Grant was assistant.

"It's been all about getting games for me and I know at the start I was a bit erratic in my first couple of games," MacDonald said.

"That's down to only playing three or four games in a year whereas that's me now played 16/17 games and it's been great.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed it and just being out playing week-in-week-out helps you to get your confidence back and get your eye back in.

"You need to get to know a new group of players and that has its challenges but you learn what the boys' strengths and weaknesses are."

The result in Fife was long overdue for the Wasps and MacDonald believes Christmas Day with family might have contributed to the win.

He said: "Recently, we haven't quite got the results we have deserved and I don't think we have played too badly recently.

"It's difficult and last week was probably my lowest point being here and I thought we deserved to win the game.

"You go from that to the high this week. Training has been bright and bubbly and probably having Christmas in between has helped.

"Sometimes all you need is a bit of time with your family to get a wee bit of perspective in life."