On-loan St Johnstone star Glenn Middleton admits he needs to score more often for the Saints and make the most of his opportunities from the bench as the 21-year-old looks to force his way into Callum Davidson’s starting XI.

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The Rangers loanee has been in and out of Davidson’s side recently but Middleton has no complaints after some really strong performances for the Saints so far this season.

The Perth side welcome St Mirren to McDiarmid Park this afternoon and Middleton is hoping he can repeat last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final exploits and get on the scoresheet against  the Buddies.

“I guess it has been a little stop start for me in the last few weeks but I’ve nothing to complain about. The team has been doing really well performance-wise,” he said.

“But I’m definitely aiming to get a run in the team. It’s just a case of making the most of it when you do get game time.

“When you’re on the bench you have to make an impact when you get on. You have to be ready whenever you’re called upon.

“There’s definitely an onus on me to get goals as one of the forward players. It’s up to me to start scoring more consistently.

“I’m sure once I get the first one the momentum will build and it will start going nicely from there.

“It’s just the way football goes. I’ve learned that.

“If you were going to score every week you’d be playing for Real Madrid. It would be easy.”

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‘Best is still to come’ from St Johnstone

Davidson’s side won at Tannadice in their last outing and a win this afternoon could seem them sneak into the top six.

Middleton thinks that is “very positive” amid talk of St Johnstone enduring a poor run of form – insisting the best is still to come this season from the Saints.

“It’s very tight and for us to be in the thick of it is very positive, considering some people were saying we hadn’t had the best of runs,” he added.

There’s nothing for us to worry about. We want to continue our run. It’s looking pretty positive for us.

“The fact we are close to the top six is a good sign because it’s fair to say the best of this team has still to come.”

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