Just when it seemed there would be no late additions to the Pars squad before the transfer window closed yesterday, Kilmarnock winger Greg Kiltie was signed on a season-long loan. Keltie, 22, has been at Rugby Park since the age of 16, when he made his first team debut in April 2013, in doing so becoming the youngest player to play for Killie since the 1960s. While still a teenager, after a short loan spell at Queen of the South in 2014, he made over 40 appearances for Kilmarnock in season 2015/16 but then saw his progress hampered by 2 injuries that kept him out of action for most of 2016 and into 2017. After making a full recovery, he returned to the Kilmarnock squad and played 13 times in the second half of the 2017/18 season. His contract was then extended and although he featured less under manager Steve Clarke, the now-Scotland boss had this to say about the winger in 2018:
''It is a strange situation for Greg. Before I came to Kilmarnock he was a big hero here. Then he picked up two really serious injuries in quick succession. I spoke to Greg back in August when I was shaping my squad for the season. But as we got to the end of the month I realised I might not be using him as much as he expected. Greg will be a big part of Kilmarnock’s future.
"He has fantastic ability, and it’s important we look after boys who come through the system.”
In January 2019, he was loaned to Morton, where he enjoyed the best goalscoring period of his career to date, scoring 6 times in 14 appearances.
Kiltie joins Stevie Crawford's youthful squad as another attacking option, and can play on the wing or - as he did at Morton last season - in an attacking midfield role. Former Morton manager Jonatan Johansson said this about the player towards the end of the 2018/19 season:
''I brought him in to be that link between midfield and attack, to be that creative player, and he’s certainly proving that he can do that. For me, at the moment, he’s the best offensive player in the league in many ways.
''The chances he creates, the goals he scores, and also the way he works. He’s a really hard worker. He also enjoys the pressure and stands out when the going gets tough. He doesn’t feel the pressure; he thrives under it.''
Together with other new additions Harry Cochrane and Anthony McDonald, who moved to East End Park on loan from Hearts last week, the Pars team now has a variety of attacking options, with the new signings competing for places with Ryan Dow, Kyle Turner, Josh Coley and others in midfield and as attackers. Kevin Nisbet will hopefully benefit from their creativity and help the team to rediscover its early season form.