Seifedin Chabbi is aiming to score the goals that will help fire adopted club St Mirren to safety.
The forward was a late arrival on deadline day in January, coming in on loan from Turkish side Gaziantep. Manager Jim Goodwin and others at St Mirren were left rushing about in the final hours to get Chabbi’s deal done.
They did and the Gaziantep loanee made his debut at the weekend during a disappointing 2-0 Scottish Cup quarter final defeat to Aberdeen. Goals from Lewis Ferguson and Sam Cosgrove ensured that the Buddies dropped out the competition at the last eight stage.
Full focus returns to obtaining league survival, with St Mirren currently sitting tenth and four points clear of the relegation play-off zone and six above bottom. Chabbi believes he can aid that mission with goals of his own.
“It wasn’t the result we wanted, it was a really big opportunity for the whole club,” said Chabbi of the Scottish Cup exit. “But in Austria we say our ‘daily bread’ is the league season. Now we have to concentrate on our league season.
“It’s not like Aberdeen were a class better than us. When you go 1-0 behind it’s not always easy. We had enough time to turn it around when we went 1-0 down. We couldn’t do it in the end.
“I came here and I’ve been training. It’s normal that players need time. Now I’m looking forward because I want to play as much as possible. I’ll give everything in training to show the coach that I can play in the first 11.
“Scottish football is aggressive, a lot more physical but also a good game with a lot of speed, I like it. I’m a striker and I always have good statistics for goals. I hope I can add this to the team.
“But in the end it’s more important for the team to win their three points.”