Celtic's Irvine joins strugglers Ross County on loan

Fringe Socceroo Jackson Irvine has joined Scottish Premier League cellar dwellers Ross County on a season-long loan from Celtic.

The 21-year-old, who made his Socceroos debut against Canada last October, isn’t in the first-team frame at Celtic Park.

Irvine was a regular at Kilmarnock during a similar season-long loan spell at Rugby Park last term, making 27 appearances in all competitions.

The Melbourne-born defender/midfielder told FourFourTwo in June that he hoped to break through at Celtic this season.

“My priority is to go back there and impress,” Irvine said.

“After pre-season, once we have a clearer picture on how my season is going to pan out then we can start to talk about those sorts of things (loan moves).”

Irvine isn’t in new Celtic boss Ronny Deila’s immediate plans and the club confirmed on Tuesday he has completed a switch to managerless Ross County, who finished last term in seventh spot following promotion to the SPL.

The 2014-15 season hasn’t started so brightly for the Staggies, who sit last after losing all of their opening five league matches.