Preston snapped up two centre backs on transfer deadline day, bolstering Alex Neil’s back line late in the window.

It all hinged on Ben Davies and his move to Liverpool; he joined the Reds in a late deal which involved Sepp van den Berg heading to Deepdale on loan.

The Dutchman isn’t a left-footer though, so Neil and co swooped to bring Stoke City misfit Liam Lindsay to the club as a replacement.

Lindsay is natural left-footed so can slot in Davies’s role, whilst Neil will be familiar with the former Partick Thistle man given his knowledge of Scottish football.

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Lindsay is something of a risk though; he hasn’t played for more than a year now having fallen out of Michael O’Neill’s plans at Stoke.

Fans may be worried by that, and some rust will be understandable – but there is clearly a player in Lindsay.

He was superb for Partick Thistle and then Barnsley, with his performances for the Tykes so impressive that he earned Premier League interest.

Chris Hughton was ready to pay £6million to sign Lindsay for Brighton and Hove Albion in January 2018 according to the Daily Record, but no deal materialised.

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The Scot did move on to Stoke around 18 months later, with the Potters paying £2.5million to sign him; a deal that would have been a club-record for Preston.

Those figures aren’t to be taken lightly. Lindsay was a top-flight target just three years ago, and Preston will now hope to restart his career after it just didn’t work out for him at Stoke.

North End have benefitted from such moves in the past, and will have real hope that they can get the best out of Lindsay, getting his career back on track in the process.

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