Clyde manager Barry Ferguson has moved to give his side’s promotion hopes a boost with the signing of Dumbarton’s Jordan Kirkpatrick on-loan until the end of the season.

Ferguson has long been an admirer of the 24-year-old former Hamilton and Airdrie attacker, and hopes that a permanent deal may be possible for next season.

"I tried to bring Jordan to the club in January, but the deal fell through for various reasons,” Ferguson said.

“When we heard that he had become available this week, we moved quickly and I'm delighted that it's done.

"He's someone we had targeted for next season's squad, so this gives us a chance to have a close look at him and also lets him have a close look at Clyde. I see him playing in either midfield or up front for us. We run with a smallish squad so I always try to bring in players that I know can play in two or maybe even three positions; Jordan can do that.

"I've always liked him and he adds another bit of competition for places. He's also the right type of person to fit into what we already have at the club - he's a good character and I'm sure he'll get on well in our dressing room.”

Kirkpatrick will be eligible for today’s fixture against Arbroath after training with his new teammates on Thursday night, as the Bully Wee look for their fifth victory on the bounce.

Ferguson is adamant that his men are ready to go all the way as they look to continue their late charge for the League Two title.

"There are no excuses in terms of tiredness, we had a good session last night and the boys are ready. They know what challenges lie ahead and the next test is another hard one.

"Arbroath have a new and very experienced manager in Dick Campbell. We've had them watched recently but we know that they might play a bit differently to our previous meetings this season. We'll be prepared for another very difficult match.

"Hopefully we'll get another good turnout in the stand to help the boys again - I thought the atmosphere was great on Tuesday night."