Interview by Alan Gallacher
THERE is one thing Saints fans love to see and that is the emergence of a young talent from the Club’s youth system. One such current success story is midfielder, Kenny McLean, who has made a blistering start to the league campaign, made his competitive international bow in midweek and is part of the Scotland Under-21 squad poised on the cusp of history.
Kenny took time-out before jetting off to Austria via London to share his thoughts with the Official Website on his debut and to reflect on what has been a good start to the domestic campaign. And we didn’t even mention that goal against Dundee!
Speaking after the European Championship qualifier against Luxembourg, which the young Scots eased home 3-0, Kenny said; “It was nice to make my competitive debut here. It is a home game for Scotland playing here, but it is a little bit more special for me as it is my home ground.
“It was disappointing only to get on for the last five minutes as obviously everyone wants to play, but when you look around the squad we have and see the quality within it I can’t have too many complaints and it is all about the team. There are even quality players not getting into the squad so I am just happy to be involved. It is nice to be one of those selected as the best in my age group.
“Playing with these guys is a great experience and improves my game as there is quality everywhere and it is nice to be around guys your own age. I was always confident we would get the breakthrough tonight [against Luxembourg] as we were making chances, and I would be confident of getting a result in Austria even without Jordan Rhodes who, like you say, is a loss to us.”
Back on the domestic front Kenny is delighted with the start he has made to a season he sees as his first as a top team regular. He said; “Yeah it has been good so far. This is the first season I have got a good run of games at the start of the season and it has been good and hopefully this is shown in my performance.
“There is lots of competition in midfield with Graham Carey and David Barron amongst others capable of playing there so I am kept on my toes. Playing beside experienced pros like Jim Goodwin, Lee Mair and Steven Thompson really helps my game as they lead by example and talk to you throughout the game.
“The style of football we play is enjoyable and we all feel comfortable with it. We have a lot to look forward to.”