Paul Simpson says midfielder Dylan McGeouch has shown positive signs in his timely return to Carlisle United action.

The Scot has started the Blues’ last two games in the absence of ACL injury victim Callum Guy.

McGeouch is making a belated impression on United’s side after an injury-hit start to his own Carlisle career.

And manager Simpson is encouraged with what he has seen from the former Celtic and Sunderland man so far.

“He’s starting to do what I expected from him,” said Simpson, reflecting on McGeouch’s starts against Harrogate Town and Bristol Rovers, as well as an extended sub outing at Leyton Orient.

“He’s a good footballer, he keeps things ticking over, he’s a good experienced pro to have in there.

“He’s a talker, he organises things. I’m really pleased we’ve got Dylan to bring in.”

News and Star: McGeouch in action against Bristol Rovers last weekend - his belated full league debut for UnitedMcGeouch in action against Bristol Rovers last weekend - his belated full league debut for United (Image: Barbara Abbott)

McGeouch has shown good composure and passing quality in his two Brunton Park starts in the last week.

He could now assume a crucial role in the side with Guy ruled out for the season.

The 30-year-old summer signing has plenty of pedigree and Simpson hopes to make the most of his capabilities.

With that in mind, the Blues manager is glad of the opportunity to take McGeouch out of the firing line in recent days.

Carlisle’s postponement at Barnsley gave McGeouch the chance to recuperate after his first two serious outings in quick succession.

The enforced break from action also benefited experienced striker Joe Garner, added the Blues boss.

“ I know Joe’s suspended for the next league game but we were always waiting for a window to shut Joe down for three or four days, because he’s had a little bit of discomfort in his knee,” said the Carlisle boss.

“So we’ve got an opportunity to shut him down for a few days, and to get him right.

“We don’t have to get him up and ready for a game on Saturday – the next game is the Reading one [next Tuesday] which he’ll be available for – so we’ve just got to make sure he’s right for that, and Dylan as well.

“I knew Dylan was a little bit of a risk [against Harrogate] but because of what we had available, I needed to take that risk and thankfully he came through it unscathed.”