New signing Dylan McGeouch will demand “standards” at Carlisle United.

That’s the view of the Blues’ assistant manager, who believes McGeouch’s know-how will prove a big asset in League One.

Former Celtic man McGeouch signed a two-year deal with the Blues on Friday to become their fifth summer signing.

The midfielder brings plenty of experience to Paul Simpson’s squad from spells with Celtic, Hibernian, Coventry City, Aberdeen, Sunderland and Forest Green Rovers.

And United No2 Gavin Skelton believes the 30-year-old will prove a valuable addition.

“He’s very tidy, he’ll keep things ticking over for us, and is very organised at getting people round him,” Skelton said.

“I think that experience will be vital for us, especially the standards he demands.

“I know people who’ve worked with him, and we’ve asked about him, and he demands high standards.”

McGeouch was Forest Green’s player of the season in 2022/23 despite only joining the club in November.

He left the Nailsworth side after their relegation from League One and has now returned to the division with the Blues.

Simpson will weigh up whether to involve him for the first time in United’s second pre-season friendly at Gretna 2008 tomorrow.

“That’s yet to be [decided],” said Skelton after McGeouch was not included in Friday night’s 2-1 win at Annan Athletic.

“It’s definitely not ruled out or ruled in. That’s quite a positive thing.

“He’s training with us [this] morning, he trained well on Friday, and he looks in good physical condition.”

Skelton says McGeouch is committed to moving to the area and wants to make a success of his time with the Blues.

“He’s going to move into the area, which is always pleasing when they want to do that,” added the coach.

“Straight away you get a feel from him – he’ll demand standards, which for us to progress to the next level is what we need.”