Earlier this week Gary Teale put pen to paper on a new deal and team manager Danny Lennon is delighted to get the winger tied up as he believes that the player is a big influence both on and off the pitch.
He said, “Gary is a big influence in our side especially when you get him on top form, which he has produced more often than not over the last six months. He is doing what he was brought to the club to do and has quite rightly earned himself a new deal.
“He is in great condition and is a great character; he is the right type of person to have in and around the squad. With an eye on the long term future of the club with the youngsters coming up his presence is an important one. Along with players like Jim Goodwin, Steven Thompson and David van Zanten, Gary has a big part to play.”
And talking of the up and coming youth, Danny heaped praise on John McGinn who lead out the Scotland Under-19 side last week.
He said, “It was a proud moment for the club to see John McGinn captain Scotland at Under-19 level in Serbia last week. This shows how well our club are doing at youth development, that a youngster who started out with us as an 8-year-old is by the time he is 18 an established first team player with a SPL club, has a league cup winner’s medal and is captain of his country at Under-19 level.
“This is fantastic progression and recognition for both John and the club.”
Danny has also confirmed that Darren McGregor has had to go in for a minor tidy-up operation on his knee which will mean that he will have to wait till next season to make his return to the side.
Danny said, “Darren had an operation yesterday to clear up a very slight tear in his meniscus. It is minimal and while it sets him back a little it is only really a slight sidestep to where he wants to be.
“For what he has already gone through Darren will take this in his stride. He’ll have to now write off this season completely to make sure that he gives himself every possibility to get back to where he was a year ago.
“Thomas Reilly will have a scan next week to see the progress on his recovery from injury. If we get the green light from that then we’ll be looking to pick up the momentum in his training.”
Tomorrow Saints face relegation threatened Dundee and Danny believes that sympathy can’t get in the way if St Mirren are to continue their progress between now and the end of the season.
He said, “Dundee have shown great improvement under John Brown by being unbeaten in four of their last five games. I’m sure they will come into tomorrow’s game very highly motivated as they are fighting for their life. The old cliche of ‘last chance saloon’ and the mentality that goes along with that has spurred them on to things like the great win against Kilmarnock a couple of weeks ago, which few folk would have predicted.
“We know tomorrow’s game is of huge importance to Dundee as they fight for SPL survival but it is hugely important to us for our ambitions in finishing higher up the league which would cap off a wonderful season for the club.
“Nobody wants to see a team relegated but come Saturday we must show that ruthlessness and the gladiator mentality of ‘it’s them or us’. Dundee have the aim of catching the teams that are above them and we’re the closest to them so their ambition is to put us down so we must go into this game with the same attitude of it is our job to look after ourselves and to give everything we have to achieve the win on the day.”