St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin was delighted to see Greg Kiltie return to action against Motherwell in midweek as he backed the former Kilmarnock star to be a “big player” for the Buddies moving forward.

Kiltie made seven appearances for the Paisley side following his summer move before a knee injury forced him onto the sidelines and halted his progress at the SMISA Stadium.

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Goodwin admits today’s clash with Dundee will come too soon for Kiltie to make the starting XI but thinks that he’s a few weeks away from being able to challenge for a place in the starting XI.

“We were delighted to have Greg back in the squad and get him some minutes against Motherwell,” Goodwin said.

“I thought all the subs that went on made an impact and Kiltie was unlucky not to score with a header late on, as was Richard Tait.

“Kilts will be a big player for us, moving forward. He’s missed too much football to consider starting him against Dundee, but hopefully in the next two or three weeks, we will be able to get him up to speed.

 

“Then he can start pushing for a starting place in the team.”

The 24-year-old’s return comes at a good time for St Mirren with Jamie McGrath sidelined after being stretchered off against Rangers last week.

The Irishman is expected to return to action next weekend but having Kiltie pushing for minutes from the bench eases the strain put on by McGrath’s absence against Dundee today.

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