Mar 7 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
AIRDRIE striker Ryan Donnelly is on a week’s trial at Wigan Athletic.
The 20-year-old from Rochsoles arrived at the Latics’ Christopher Park training complex on Monday.
He will be put through his paces by the English Premier League club’s coaching staff after scoring 25 goals in 33 games this season for the Diamonds.
Wigan boast a strong Scottish contingent with James McCarthy, James McArthur, Gary Caldwell and Shaun Maloney all part of Roberto Martinez’s first-team squad.
Donnelly – who will miss this weekend’s Monklands derby with Albion Rovers through suspension – could win a move to full-time football this summer.
And Airdrie gaffer Jimmy Boyle hopes this week’s stint in Lancashire is the first step towards bigger and better things.
He told Advertiser Sport: “Wigan spoke to us and we had no problem with Ryan going down for the week.
“It will be a good experience for the boy. He’s played a bounce game down there and did fine. He’s enjoying it.
“He has had a very good season and it’s great for him to see this level as that is where he wants to get to.
“Hopefully he will continue to work hard and get to where he wants to be.”
Airdrie head to Rovers looking to keep their promotion play-off hopes alive – and improve on a run of one win in nine games.
The manager added: “It’s a massive game for us and what happened the last time down there [the 7-2 defeat] will never go away.
“We still fully believe that we can finish in fourth spot. We’ve got to take each game as it comes, starting with Saturday’s.
“It has been a very disappointing season when you see the squad we’ve got. But we’re still in there and we’ve still got a chance.”