He insisted: “Stuart is a young lad I’ve kept an eye on for a while. We’ve not got fortunes to spend so the loan market is something that we are having to look at.
“Celtic have kindly let him come down. It’s not done yet, but we’re hoping to get something agreed today.
“He’s got a lot of attributes that I like. It’s not for me to say why he’s not getting a game at Celtic but certainly for us, he fits the bill.
“He’s left-sided, he’s quick and strong. We are a bit short in that area and, hopefully, he will come in and show how good he is.
“I’m sure at the minute he feels he is good enough to play for Celtic – well this is his chance to prove it.
“Luckily for me he’s decided he wants to come to Kilmarnock, which is a major coup for us because there was a lot of interest in the lad.
“I’m over the moon. If we can get him signed then I’m he will add to a squad that I feel is now looking not too bad.”