DUNFERMLINE have completed their first signing of the January transfer window by snapping up Airdrieonians' Kyle MacDonald.

The 21-year-old defender has penned a two-and-a-half year contract with the club after a mutually agreed compensation package was agreed with the Diamonds.

MacDonald, who can play in a number of positions, became a regular for the League One club at right back and will be loaned back to Airdrie for the rest of the season once the suspension on football beneath the Championship is lifted.

Until then, he is free to play for the Pars, who said: "We would like to pass on our sincere thanks to Airdrie FC, for their help and assistance once again in working with us to agree a suitable arrangement for both clubs, despite all of the challenges we are facing which were, of course, further compounded this week."

MacDonald, who earlier this week celebrated his 21st birthday, has played 14 times for Ian Murray's side this season, helping them occupy the final promotion play-off spot in the third tier.

In a statement, Airdrie said: "While we are sorry to see Kyle move on, we are delighted to announce that he will return to Airdrie on loan for the remainder of the season as soon as football resumes at League One level.

"Kyle joined the club from Motherwell in May 2019, and despite an injury delaying his Diamonds debut, he went on to become a regular starter in the right full-back position. His ability to provide cover in other positions have made him a valuable asset during his time at Airdrie, and was clearly a factor in the interest received from other clubs.

"While Kyle, who turned 21 earlier this week, will join Dunfermline immediately, we are pleased to have agreed a deal to loan him back for the rest of the season, and we look forward to his continued commitment to our own promotion campaign."

Press Sport will have an interview with MacDonald in next Thursday's edition.