St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas wants Cillian Sheridan to stay on

Cillian Sheridan
Sheridan has been on the sidelines for Saints through injury

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas remains hopeful of keeping striker Cillian Sheridan in Perth until the end of the season at least.

The 22-year-old's loan from CSKA Sofia ends in early January, but Lomas hopes an extension to the arrangement or a permanent deal can be agreed.

"We would like to keep Cilly," said Lomas. "We're still waiting to hear back from his club in Bulgaria.

"He's a decent player, a decent lad. I think he's fitted in well here."

Sheridan, whose previous clubs include Celtic, Motherwell and Plymouth Argyle, has scored four goals in 15 appearances this term but has been sidelined since November with a hamstring injury.

The Irishman will again be missing as Saints travel to Inverness on Monday seeking a third straight Scottish Premier League win to consolidate their fourth-placed position in the table.

However, Lomas stressed: "We'd love to make it permanent, but either way, we'd just love to keep him."

The Saints manager remains coy on the prospect of further strengthening his squad when the January transfer window opens on Sunday.

"Every manager wants to try to improve the squad," Lomas said.

"It depends on a lot of things. I can't say one way or another, but we have been checking things out.

"We just have to wait and see."

Following their strong start to the campaign, Saints players have attracted admiring glances.

Lomas insists he is under no pressure to sell, with midfielder Murray Davidson and striker Francisco Sandaza likely to be courted in the next few weeks.

"If it turns 1 February and I have all the same boys, I'll be more than delighted," he added.