Sep 6 2012 By Andy Newport
Franco Miranda will be given one last chance to convince St Mirren manager Danny Lennon that he deserves a contract at the Paisley club.
Argentine ace Miranda, a free agent, touched down in Scotland last week after he paid his own air fare from South America to begin a trial stint with the Buddies.
The 27-year-old full-back, who enjoyed a previous spell with Saints five years ago, was given a run-out in a bounce game earlier this week and the indications are that Lennon was impressed by what he saw.
However, the Buddies boss will only offer Miranda a deal if he proves his fitness in another closed-doors match on Monday.
Lennon told Express Sports: “Franco is settling in well. He played on Monday night in a bounce game and, from what I’ve seen of him, he handles the ball very well.
“We will get another bounce game lined up for Monday and, after that, we will come to a decision on whether or not to keep him.”
Former River Plate defender Miranda first came to Scotland back in 2007, when he was snapped up on loan from Argentine club CAI by previous Saints manager Gus MacPherson. He was persuaded to stay for a second year-long stay the following season but returned to his homeland in 2009 for spells with Chacarita Juniors, previous employers CAI, Tiro Federal and Patronato.
Miranda hasn’t played first-team football since the Argentine season came to an end in June and Lennon admits the player isn’t yet ready to cope with the rough and tumble of the SPL.
Lennon said: “A lot depends on his fitness and how long it will take him to get up to match sharpness.
“He is certainly lacking in that department, so we are working hard to get him up to the required standard.
“We also have to take into consideration the quality of the players we have in that area when we make our decision.”
Lennon also revealed that, should he decide to grant Miranda his wish of a deal, he would have no concerns about the player adapting to the Paisley way of life once again.
He added: “Franco speaks English very well and is fitting into the group nicely.
“He is well respected by the lads here and you can see from his culture that he respects everyone in this organisation.
“On top of that, he is a great bloke and I have no doubt he’d find his feet in Scotland again very quickly.”