St Johnstone take Celtic's Cillian Sheridan on loan
Sheridan has not been prolific on his previous loan spells
Celtic striker Cillian Sheridan has joined St Johnstone on loan until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old Irishman has just completed a loan deal at Plymouth, where he failed to find the net in 14 appearances for the Championship side.
Sheridan played 15 games for Motherwell in the second half of last season, scoring twice.
Saints' leading scorer Collin Samuel, with seven goals, is fit again after picking up an injury in early December.
However, Kenny Deuchar has struggled for form and fellow forwards Steven Milne and Peter MacDonald are prone to injury, while Andy Jackson continues to be dogged by illness.
St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes is also hoping to sign a central defender during the January transfer window.
My spell at Plymouth started off well, but I dropped out of the picture and I have to learn from that
St Johnstone striker Cillian Sheridan
McInnes hopes to receive international clearance in time to include Sheridan in his squad to face Aberdeen on Saturday.
"I'm delighted to get Cillian to the club and it's actually the third attempt I have made," the manager told his club website.
"I tried to get him in the January transfer window two years ago and I enquired again last year, but he had other options which Celtic preferred to pursue.
"He's a tall player, has a good turn of pace and I think he will give us a different option up front.
"I can't speak highly enough of the existing strikers and hopefully Andy Jackson will get fit soon and give me another option, but Cillian will certainly add something else again at a crucial time of the season."
Sheridan hoped that lessons learned at Plymouth would help him during his spell in Perth and had taken soundings from a St Johnstone defender.
"I'm very excited about this move and have been really keen to get it sorted since I first heard about the possibility earlier in the week," he said.
"I contacted Gary Irvine, who I know from his days at Celtic, and he had good things to say about Saints.
"My spell at Plymouth started off well, but I dropped out of the picture and I have to learn from that."
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