Cumnock manager Brian McGinty hailed ‘unbelievable’ Andy McLaughlin after the midfielder starred in the Nock’s 6-2 with over Rutherglen Glencairn at the weekend.

The 26-year-old joined Cumnock at the start of the year from Irvine Meadow and has been an instant success at Townhead Park.

He played a pivotal role in an important week in the Nock’s West of Scotland Football League Premier Division campaign as he started in a huge 5-2 win over Hurlford United last week.

The former Medda man retained his place in the team on Saturday for the visit of Rutherglen Glencairn.

The hosts opened the scoring early on in the league match, with Finlay Frye turning in a cut back.

McLaughlin then doubled the Nock’s advantage with an incredible half volley into the top right hand corner.

Frye then smashed in a rebound to put Cumnock three up at the break.

In the second half, the Glens fought back via goals from Jack McIlveen and Tommy Lone.

But sub Smart Osadolor calmed any panic by extending the hosts’ lead with a diving header.

McLaughlin then stepped up to bag his second of the game with an inch perfect free kick into the top right corner.

Greg Ferry then completed the rout with a header to seal a winning week for Cumnock.

Speaking to the Chronicle, McGinty said: “We knew when we brought McLaughlin to the club that he is very technically strong and his ability is up there with anyone in the squad.

“So you have to play him in forward areas because he is too good to pigeon hole in a defensive role where he cannot do any damage.

“You get him in forward areas, you get him on the ball and he will make things happen.

“I think since he joined back in January he has three or four assists and almost as many goals.

“So, he has been an unbelievable signing for us.

“But to be honest even I did not know he would score two goals like he did at the weekend!”