Max Becomes Sixth Summer Signing

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The club is delighted to announce the signing of defender Max Johnston on loan from Motherwell FC until the end of the season.

The son of former Scotland winger Allan Johnston, Max made his debut for the Fir Park side as a sixteen year old in February 2021.

He spent last season on loan at Queen of the South where he was a first team regular, playing more than thirty matches, and featured against us in the two Scottish Cup ties at the tail end of last year.

Max scored on his debut for Scotland Under-16s in a win over Australia in January 2019, and subsequently earned two caps for the Under-19s against Israel and Hungary in March of this year.

Boss Jim McIntyre is pleased to have landed the highly rated right-back:

“We needed defensive cover, especially on that side of the pitch, and Max’s signing gives me competition for places. Having had a full season at Championship level, he knows the division, and it means we’re getting close to the kind of squad we’re going to need in the months ahead.

“He is a really good option for me, and I’m delighted he has agreed to join us.”

Max is looking forward to joining up with his new team-mates, and believes Cove Rangers is a good side for him to show his talent:

“I was excited when I was told Cove were interested in taking me in on loan. Having been at Balmoral Stadium on two occasions last season when I played for Queen of the South, I’m aware of how well the club is run and how good the team are, as well as the brilliant facilities they have.”

“I’ve been at Motherwell for a few years, and I have learnt a lot from the players and coaches there, particularly from fellow right-backs Stephen O’Donnell and Paul McGinn, who both have experience playing for the national team. I’m looking to play as many games as possible during my loan spell, and bring some of the things I have learnt at Motherwell to the team here.”

“I’m a right-back, so most importantly I look to keep clean sheets, but I enjoy getting on the ball and venturing forward, chipping in with goals and assists as much as possible.”

The teenager will be included in the squad for Friday night’s cinch Championship encounter with Dundee, and is Jim’s sixth signing, following Gerry McDonagh, Evan Towler, Luis Longstaff, Cieran Dunne and Charlie Gilmour to Balmoral Stadium.

Cove Rangers would like to thank all at Motherwell for their help in securing the deal.

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