CELTIC midfielder Connor McManus made his debut in Queen of the South’s 1-1 draw with Raith Rovers yesterday after agreeing an emergency temporary deal on Friday.

The 21-year-old, who will remain at Palmerston for the remainder of the campaign, came on as a 72nd-minute substitute for his fellow on-loan Hoops team-mate Joe Thomson, who is also at the Championship outfit until June.

McManus joined the Celtic Academy in 2005, during which time he has won the Scottish Youth Cup and scored a stunning 40-yard goal against AC Milan in the UEFA Youth league.

He has also gained experience of the senior game having spent a season on loan at Alloa.

Queens boss Gary Naysmith is delighted with the deal and said “Connor likes to get the ball down and pass.

“As he’s a different kind of player to Joe Thomson, John Rankin and Ky Jacobs, he will give us other options in midfield.

“We are grateful to Celtic for letting Connor join us for the run in and I’m looking forward to working with the talented youngster”.

McManus played his role as the Dumfries side earned a point against John Hughes’ side at Stark’s Park.

Ryan Hardie capitalised on some poor defending to strike Rovers’ opener, but fifth-placed Queens levelled through Stephen Dobbie’s 20-yard free-kick.

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