Dundee United have snapped up defender Sam McClelland on loan from Tayside rivals St Johnstone.
McClelland, 22, joined the Saintees last summer on a two-year contract but has endured a frustrating maiden campaign in Scottish football.
The former Chelsea youngster, who has made seven appearances for the Perth side, suffered an ankle injury while on Northern Ireland under-21 duty last October.
Although he is now back to full fitness, immediate opportunities in Craig Levein’s line-up are likely to be scarce.
He joins Declan Gallagher, Kevin Holt and Ross Graham in the defensive pool, while he has operated at right-back in the past.
As well as an elite apprenticeship at Stamford Bridge, McClelland enjoyed 30 appearances playing regularly with English League Two outfit Barrow last season.