GABBY MCGILL has joined League Two Edinburgh City on loan until January and has been challenged to come back "chapping on the door" of Stevie Crawford.

The 20-year-old, who signed for Dunfermline last summer on a two-year contract after leaving Middlesbrough, came off the bench to make his bow for James McDonaugh's side in their 5-1 win at Brechin City on Saturday.

Yorkshire-born striker McGill, who appeared as a substitute in last Tuesday's Betfred Cup win at Kilmarnock prior to his captial switch, played 18 times last season and scored once - in a 3-2 win at Queen of the South in February.

Crawford feels that, while the move will benefit the youngster's development, he also has sufficient cover in attack.

"He's not guaranteed it, but hopefully he can go away, get some game time and possibly score some goals," he said.

"But you're never guaranteed, just because you go down to the lower divisions, that you're going to score goals. I also think, when I've looked into that, I've brought in Declan and Kevin, as strikers, you've got Lewis McCann, and we can adapt and can play Ryan Dow and Dom Thomas, who have played up there as well.

"I think we've got options there between now and January and it's really trying to get Gabby in the best place possible that he comes back ready to be chapping on the door of getting into the first team.

"I know some people maybe look at it and say we've only got three recognised strikers, but I don't see it that way. Ryan Dow's played there a number of times in his career already, and there's different ways of playing the role as a striker as well, so I think we've got adequate cover there."