YOKER co-manager Peter McKenna admits he is delighted to get the signing of Scott Gallagher confirmed – at the second year of asking.

The Whe Ho boss tried to sign Gallagher from Vale of Leven last season, only for the deal to fall through - and the attack-minded midfielder went on to score 17 goals for the Millburn Park outfit during the abbreviated 2019-20 campaign.

Gallagher even netted against Yoker when the two sides met in the Sectional League Cup last year - but McKenna is happy to put that behind him and believes he can contribute at both ends of the pitch this season.

Speaking to the Post, he said: “I’ve known Scott for years - since he was 13 years old. I thought I had him last year, but money talks sometimes, and he went back to the Vale.

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“I had a wee word with him this year and he fancied a new challenge and wanted to come and work with me and Monty [co-manager Tommy Montgomery].

“He’s a great signing for us. He’s a good, hard-working player and will score goals and work really hard defensively.”

McKenna says he is still on the lookout for more signings to add to the Yoker ranks for the coming season - but insists he isn’t the type to annoy prospective new signings into making a decision.

“A few boys we’ve spoke to are in the situation just now where they don’t want to commit to anything because they don’t know what’s happening,” he continued, “and what you don’t want to do is keep pestering them.

“I’m not that type of person to phone every second day.

“There’s another couple of boys I’m trying to get and we’ll keep in contact to make sure they know that we’re still here and still interested.

“We’re 90 per cent there and if we can add another centre-half I’ll be over the moon.”