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St Johnstone release Brad McKay

Brad McKay.
Brad McKay.

St Johnstone have released defender Brad McKay.

The former Hearts man struggled to make an impact in his first season at McDiarmid Park and was loaned out to Dunfermline for the second half of it.

He returned to Perth in the summer and played three times at the start of the campaign, scoring the winner against his old club in the League Cup.

McKay’s last match was against Celtic, when he was at fault for the third goal before half-time, being brushed aside by Leigh Griffiths on the half-way line.

Manager Tommy Wright said: “It’s never an easy decision to release players but our situation is that with early-season injuries to Tom Scobbie and Keith Watson I needed to bring in a full-back and particularly a full-back who can play equally well on both sides of the pitch and I’ve gained that by signing Richard Foster.

“It has simply been a case that to get one player in, one had to be released and I feel that with Steven Anderson fit, Liam Gordon available and Ally Gilchrist coming back from injury, plus the fact that Keith Watson can play in the middle of defence if required, that we have more than enough cover and unfortunately I didn’t see Brad playing regularly.

“We’ve been in dialogue with Brad over recent days and I hope that by releasing him it allows him to find another club and he leaves here with our best wishes.”

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