Callum Davidson has praised Glenn Middleton after the Rangers loanee picked the perfect moment to score his first St Johnstone goal against Ross County.

The winger netted the winner after coming on as a substitute to seal St Johnstone’s top six spot with a 1-0 win over the Staggies, Hamilton’s draw with St Mirren meaning Davidson’s team hit sixth spot on goal difference. He’s had to be patient, but Davidson was thrilled with his Rangers loanee.

The Rangers loanee shone for St Johnstone. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He said: ” All credit to the players after finding themselves at the bottom of the league earlier in the season and now making the top six. Winning the League Cup and now this, I couldn’t be happier. I thought it was a really good performance, playing on the front foot. We limited them to very few chances and had a few ourselves to score.

“I was delighted for Glenn. He has had to be patient. His attitude was brilliant. With the form of the team he has struggled to get in but he and Stevie May worked their socks off when they came on.”

A League Cup success and now a top six spot, Davidson’s debut campaign as St Johnstone manager has been a roaring success: “It has been a great season This is my first job in charge, taking over from a club legend in Tommy (Wright). I’d have jumped on you quickly if you’d offered me the League Cup and to finish in the top six.

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Davidson was thrilled. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“We will be doing our hardest to win as many games as we can from now to the end of the season. All credit to the players for taking the club from where we were at the start of the season to here. We have a smaller squad but that can help. We all stick together.

“At 1-0 I thought at least we had won and put pressure on St Mirren. Then we heard Hamilton had scored. St Mirren have done really well this season so all credit to them as well.”

For Ross County manager John Hughes, he was left disappointed after a poor performance from his team: “It was a sore one. But that is the worse we have been since I came to the club, first half especially, but it’s not been like them.

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Poor performance. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I see some wonderful stuff on the training ground but we need to bring it on a Saturday. It is still in our own hands and that is credit to the boys for getting the big results. It’s not nice. I have been there myself, I am in it with them and I am here to help them.

“You have to be honest in your assessment of the game. If we’d taken anything, it would have been an injustice. From now until the end of the season, we need to be at it. You need to have that glaze in your eyes when the wife’s talking to you and just concentrate on the football 24/7 and get yourself in that zone.”

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