THE Reds have completed the signing of Northern Ireland international Paddy McCourt on a deal until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old was released from Celtic this summer and is relishing the prospect of facing some 'big clubs' with Barnsley.

McCourt left the Scottish champions after making 66 league appearances in five seasons.

He is a former team-mate of Reds boss David Flitcroft, the pair having played together at Rochdale.

"It was an easy decision," he said. "I’ve known the manager a long time. I’ve been speaking to him over the last couple of weeks.

"I’ve been down to a few training sessions, got to know the lads and am delighted to be on board. 

"I’m an attacking player who likes to create and score goals. The short-term goal is to get up to speed with the lads, I haven’t done a full pre-season so the next few weeks will be important."