By Ben Banks and Calum McCrindle
He’s getting a reputation as a St Johnstone super-sub- but Callum Hendry wants to prove he’s a competent Perth starter too.
The forward had a hand in both goals as Ayr United were eliminated from the Scottish Cup by the Perthshire Saints 2-1. They will face a daunting Celtic task in the quarter finals.
Hendry has earned himself a new contract this term. So far he’s played 22 times with six goals, all of which came from cameos off the bench prior to Saturday’s game.
It’s all well and good making a substitute impact but Hendry wants to prove to manager Tommy Wright he is more than capable as a starter.
“I know what Drey is capable of when he’s out wide and I took it well near-post,” said Hendry. “Super-sub isn’t a title you want but coming on and making a difference is important.
“I want to do my best for the team and I’m delighted to show that I can start games and turn up with goals. The contract extension is a confidence boost so I can get my head down now.
“Hopefully the gaffer can put his trust in me. It’s been hard to get match-fitness, so as long as I stay on my game, I have a chance of making the starting XI.
“Everyone knows we’ve all got a chance of getting on the teamsheet and we’re happy for each other when we do make it. Everyone gels well.”