Preston goalkeeper Iain Turner aims to save Dunfermline

Iain Turner
Turner has joined Dunfermline on-loan from Preston North End

On-loan Iain Turner hopes his search for regular first-team football will have a spin-off of saving Dunfermline Athletic from relegation.

Turner is poised to make his debut in the bottom-of-the-table meeting with Hibernian after signing from Preston until the end of the season.

"I want to play football. I've been given the chance here," he said.

"Hopefully I can show people what I can do, it will help the team and help myself and we'll all be happy."

Turner, who began his career at Stirling Albion before moving to Everton, has been in and out of Craig Levein's Scotland squads.

But the 27-year-old has yet to win a full international cap and lost his regular place with Preston following injury.

"I want to start playing regular football and thankfully the manager has given me a chance here to show what I can do," he said.

"Every player brings something different to the table."

Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre searched for a new goalkeeper after Paul Gallacher suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.

Understudy Chris Smith has made high-profile errors in the Scotland international's absence, so Turner is likely to start against Hibs as the Pars search for only their second win in 19 games.

"For any team in the lower half of the table, the last six months of the season is massive," said Turner.

"Every game is very important, but the first win would be a great boost and hopefully we can go on a run."

However, Turner believes that his new team-mates are not overawed by the task of lifting themselves off the bottom of the Scottish Premier League.

"Every boy in there is confident," he said. "In any division, if you put a run of wins together, you can fly up a league and that's what we're looking to do."

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