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McCann Pays Tribute To MacDonald After First-Team Return

22 June 2020
Grant McCann was quick to praise Angus MacDonald after his long-awaited return to first-team action at the weekend.

The centre-back made his first appearance in 22 months when included from the off against Charlton, having overcome deep vein thrombosis and bowel cancer since he last appeared in a black and amber shirt.

MacDonald played the full 90 minutes of the Championship clash and McCann was delighted to see the 27-year-old back on the pitch.

“I was really pleased to see Angus make his return to first-team football,” he said.

“When you consider how long he’s been out for, to come back and play 90 minutes on Saturday is testament to him, his desire and his dedication.

“I thought he looked calm and composed. He produced a good performance and – importantly – came through the 90 minutes unscathed. He did well.

“I said in my pre-match press conference that I would have no hesitation in putting him in the side.

“He went above and beyond the plan we set for him during lockdown. He’s put himself in an unbelievable place and he’s a testament to himself and his family. He’s been outstanding since he’s come back and everyone at the Club is delighted for him.

“The character he’s shown to get back where he is now – both mentally and physically – is nothing short of unbelievable. Full credit must go to him.”

Another member of the Tigers’ squad to feature for the first time this season on Saturday was James Scott, who made his Tigers’ debut after recovering from ankle ligament which had initially been expected to keep him out for the remainder of the season before it was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“James has been out a long time now and he also missed a few days of training last week as he had to have a little injection into his ankle,” the Tigers’ Head Coach explained..

“It was nice to get him on at the weekend though. He showed some glimpses of what he can bring to the team and hopefully he will go from strength-to-strength now.”