Caldwell: Mckay can be the real deal

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GARY Caldwell insists striker Billy Mckay could yet have a big future at Wigan Athletic.

Mckay has become something of a forgotten man at the DW Stadium since his January arrival from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, having failed to find the net.

Despite Wigan’s desperate struggle for goals last term, he made only nine appearances – eight of which were off the bench – and has been strongly linked with a summer exit.

The arrival of strikers Craig Davies and Will Grigg this summer appeared to push the 26-year-old further down the pecking order.

However, a blinding goal in the 1-1 friendly draw at Altrincham in midweek was a welcome reminder of what he can do.

Dundee United, who have already failed with two bids this summer, remain desperate to take him back north of the border.

If he continues to play like that and score goals like that, then of course he’s going to have a future at the club

Gary Caldwell

But Latics chief Caldwell says the Northern Ireland international has the capabilities of making a success of his career with Latics.

“Billy’s a goalscorer, and showed his ability in front of goal again on Tuesday,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.

“If he continues to play like that and score goals like that, then of course he’s going to have a future at the club.

“Goalscorers are worth their weight in gold, and I don’t think you can ever have too many of them. We need that competition amongst the strikers, and Billy did himself no harm with the way he performed.

“It was a great goal, and will do his confidence a lot of good.

“He’s been working hard and doing really well, but that goal will help him even more.”

SPL outfit United are mulling whether to test Caldwell’s resolve with a third bid.

United are looking for a new striker after losing Nadir Ciftci to Celtic, with Latics ironically being pipped to the Turk’s coveted signature.

“The chairman (Stephen Thompson) has been dealing with that,” said United boss Jackie McNamara.

“We have had a second bid that I think has been rejected so we will wait and see. There is plenty of time to go yet.”