Paul Simpson believes new boy Dylan McGeouch's experience can be a crucial asset for Carlisle United in League One.

The former Celtic man became the Blues' latest summer signing on Friday.

And after securing the 30-year-old midfielder on a two-year deal, manager Simpson spoke highly of Scotland international McGeouch's ability and know-how.

“He’s a player who has a wealth of experience both up in Scotland and also down here,” Simpson told United's website.

"We’ve looked at the makeup of the squad and we wanted some younger players who have the hunger and desire, and I think when you have experienced players they bring so much nouse to the group.

“He comes in alongside the other experienced players and I think we’re getting a really good mix now.

"It’s the energy and excitement of the younger players and we also have those who will hopefully be able to add a bit of game management for us."

McGeouch has played for clubs such as Celtic, Hibernian, Coventry City, Aberdeen and, last season, Forest Green Rovers, where he was named the club's player of the year in League One.

"He keeps the ball for you, and we’re coming up another level, so that’s exactly what we need to do," added Simpson.

“He can use it, he creates chances, and that good level of experience adds more to a group that already has energy and enthusiasm.

"With the knowledge of the game he has it’s a really exciting one for us.”

Simpson added that United were "working away" at other potential deals and was waiting on Premier League loan targets.

“We’re working away on those but I don’t expect any to happen over the next three or four days," he added. "We’ll continue to do what we can and hopefully they’ll be sorted sooner rather than later.”