Dundalk FC remain hopeful of having two new players in their squad for the crunch clash with Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm, live on RTÉ Two).

It is expected that new Serbian winger Stefan Colovic will finally link up with his new team-mates this week as the finishing touches is put on his Visa application.

Meanwhile, The Argus has learned that Vinny Perth is also hopeful of adding an attacking free agent to his side’s ranks this week amid concern over the fitness of Patrick McEleney, who has yet to feature this season due to an Achilles problem.

Both he and Georgie Kelly remained doubtful for last night’s game with Cork City at Oriel Park while Sean Murray and John Mountney will also remain sidelined for the trip to Tallaght on Friday.

Speaking after the 2-1 victory over Shelbourne on Friday night, Perth said: “It’s touch and go with Patrick and Georgie Kelly. They’d be two big losses for us at the moment.

“Sean (Murray) and John Mountney will be a bit longer.
“We’re hoping to have Stefan at some stage over the next week. It’s just work permits and Visas on both sides. The work permit has been approved now but he just needs to get a Visa to come to the country.

“It could be one day, two days or three days but once we get that he’s ready to rock.”

As well as Colovic, Dundalk remain in the hunt for another attacker with Tottenham Hotspur and Republic of Ireland international Troy Parrott among the targets they missed out on in recent weeks.

An approach was made to Spurs to loan the 18-year-old for the first half of the season given he is not in Jose Mourinho’s plans right now, but this failed to come off.

Meanwhile, Perth praised his side for getting the job done in difficult conditions against Shelbourne in Tolka Park on Friday night.

“Shels made it difficult for us,” he said.

“I thought we showed a real determination, particularly in the last half an hour when the game became a bit of a farce. “I’ve been coming to this ground for a long, long time and it was brilliant to see the atmosphere in it. The goal gave the whole ground a huge lift – for them obviously.

“I think the pitch might be off for a little while, hopefully not and the weather improves, but it deteriorated so bad that it became a leveller for us. I thought until the goal it was one of our best performances for a long, long time taking everything into consideration – the pitch, the weather and the conditions.

“I’m really pleased with what we did. We had to dig in. We were criticised at different stages for trying three at the back in pre-season but we’ve had to use it two games in already so full credit to Shels, they pushed us.

“I thought we were outstanding in the first half in difficult conditions. We felt crosses into the box was a real opportunity for us to score against them and our two goals have come off two set pieces. We probably didn’t cross enough and we could have been a little bit more clinical in different situations but I thought the first half was very good.

It was a real top class Dundalk performance for me.”

Perth reserved particular praise for the performance of Greg Sloggett.

“We generally start slow and I was a bit worried missing five attackers because they were two difficult games especially given the conditions so I’m proud of the players.

“Someone like Greg Sloggett showed there why we hold him in the highest regard and I thought his performance in particular was very good.”

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