Partick Thistle has completed the emergency loan signing of young United States international goalkeeper Aaron Cervantes from Rangers.
The 19-year-old has joined Rangers from partner club Orange County SC in California and is going straight into the matchday squad for this afternoon’s clash with Airdrie in the Scottish Cup.
Backup keeper Mason McCready is level after playing for Gala Fairydean Rovers earlier in the competition, and with Harry Stone Hearts returning on loan, Thistle was left with no options.
Jags boss Ian McCall thanked Rangers for their ‘help’ as he welcomed the American keeper to Firhill on short notice, saying: ‘Our thanks go out to Rangers for loaning us Aaron on a loan. seven-day emergency.
“With Harry Stone recalled by Hearts earlier in this window and Mason McCready level in the Cup, we were short in the goalkeeping area. Aaron will join us and be part of the squad for tomorrow’s game.
Cervantes has yet to be involved with the Rangers first team but has appeared in the Lowland League for the Rangers B team under David McCallum.
The American has represented his country at youth level and is highly rated across the Atlantic having played for Orange County at USL first-team level.
Partick Thistle’s number one Jamie Sneddon will take his usual place between the sticks this afternoon against Airdrie in the Scottish Cup, but Thistle should have a capable assistant to call on should anything happen.
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