Crane is first new face in for Coughlin

Callum Crane (right) is John Coughlin's first addition to the squad at Berwick.
Callum Crane (right) is John Coughlin's first addition to the squad at Berwick.

New Berwick manager John Coughlin has made his first move into the transfer market by signing Hibernian defender Callum Crane.

Left-back Crane, 19, has joined on an initial loan deal until the end of January, although there is the possibility this can be extended during the transfer window.

In January this year, Crane penned a new deal at Easter Road until the summer of 2018 following a string of impressive performances for the club’s SPFL Development League team, and the Edinburgh-born player is now in his ninth year at the club.

Previously with junior team AC Oxgangs, the left-back is rated by Hibs manager Alan Stubbs, who said upon him and fellow youth player Scott Martin signing their contract extensions: “This is great news – we think very highly of them both and this will be the next step in their development.”

Crane’s loan spell at Berwick will be his first at an SPFL club.

Meanwhile, on-loan centre-back Craig Halkett has returned to Rangers.

Halkett, who was on a one month loan deal, made his debut in the 4-1 defeat at Montrose – Colin Cameron’s final game in charge – and played in the following games at home to Stirling Albion and Clyde and away to Annan.

Crane will have to wait on making his debut for Berwick, however, as the club’s away game at Arbroath on Saturday has been postponed, due to the opposition’s involvement in the Scottish Cup. The game will now be re-scheduled for Tuesday, December 15.