MacDonald eyes big impact
Alex MacDonald hopes his loan spell at Falkirk can improve his standing at Burnley when he returns.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 14/07/09 10:41am
Burnley youngster Alex McDonald is hopeful he can push for a first-team place at Turf Moor once his six month stay at Falkirk comes to an end.
Many fans questioned why the striker seemed willing to forego Premier League football in favour of a switch to the SPL but the 19-year-old insists a successful spell in Scotland could improve his chances of top flight football when he returns.
McDonald is yet to start a game for Burnley having come off the bench eight times in all competitions last season, but did get a taste of the big time when he came on against Arsenal in the FA Cup.
The Scotland Under 19 international also revealed that manager Owen Coyle advised him to move north of the border.
"When I go back I want to push for a spot in the Burnley side," he told the Daily Record.
Good career move
"It is a bonus getting into the Premiership but I have to look after myself and this is a good move for my career.
"I can't thank Falkirk enough for giving me this chance and I want to grab it with both hands, score some goals and go back with a bit of a reputation.
"The boss wants me to come here and score some goals for six months then go back and push for a spot in the Burnley team.
"It's always a boost when you are in the manager's plans."