03 March 2014

Little Still Waiting For Contract Talks

by Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

Right midfielder (?) Andy Little is counting down the days on his contract while trying to find his form again after that brutal face injury suffered during a clash of heads with Dunfermline's Alex Whittle back in November.

Of course as Graham Wallace's infamous 120-day review continues it's yet to be seen what Ally McCoist will have to spend this summer including on contract renewals leaving players like Little in limbo as to where they'll be plying their trade next season.

The striker (?) said, "My contract will be up in three months so, hopefully, I can get something sorted soon. Every player likes to know what his future is.

"The manager and myself would like to get it out of the way and signed. I wouldn't want to leave it to the summer, but there is not a lot I can do."

I've never been shy about my soft spot for the Northern Ireland international. How can you begrudge the man who gave us a moment like this?

Part of Little's long term saga has been exactly where to deploy him on the pitch. While he was a consistent presence upfront and on the score sheet last year netting 25 times he's seen far more action on the right side of midfield this campaign.

While some of the blame for that lies at the feet of his manager Little maintains his relationship with McCoist is a strong as ever and he looks forward to penning a deal when the boss is hopefully freed up to do his job.

"Back in November, when I was injured, the manager spoke with my agent and let him know they still wanted to keep me.

"Since then there hasn't been much discussion, but I understand there are an awful lot of things out of the gaffer's hands and that are happening higher up on the board.

"I know I need to keep performing if I want to stay at this club which I'm dying to do."

Have we seen the best of Andy Little? That's a fair question and I think one only he can answer on the pitch. What can't be questioned, however, is his versatility and dedication and passion for the club. With that in mind I'll go ahead and register my vote to keep Little here beyond the end of this season.