Dumbarton goalkeeper Scott Gallacher admits he is just happy to be back playing competitive football after enduring a tough time at St Mirren and Hibs last year.

The shotstopper was in and out of the starting line-up at Saints, competing with Jamie Langfield for the number one spot.

New manager Jack Ross came in and signed Billy O’Brien from Manchester City on loan in January, which prompted Gallacher to move to Hibs.

But the goalkeeper never featured for the Hibees, reduced to sitting on the bench most weeks as they claimed the Championship title.

He was unsure of moving back to part-time football, but the goalkeeper has been impressed with the set-up at Dumbarton so far after putting in a strong display against Morton on Saturday.

He said: “t’s great, it really surprised me at the start of the season how good the quality was, when you drop from full-time to part-time you think it could be different but it’s been top notch, the boys keep themselves in good knick and it’s a really good club.

“At that time I wanted to stay at full-time last summer, but this time round I just want to play games and stay in a decent league. The Championship is a competitive league and I just wanted to play games.”

His partnership with Jamie Ewings has been key since joining in the summer. Ewings is Sons back up goalkeeper as well as the goalkeeping coach, and praised his teammate for his support.

Gallacher added: “He’s been absolutely fantastic, and it was probably my fault for one of the goals last week.

“He picked me up this week at training on Tuesday and we’d been working all week on crosses and it’s paid off today, because I’ve come and taken a few this week.”