St Johnstone winger Glenn Middleton would love to carry his form for Scotland under-21s over to club level after his goal on Friday made it four in his last five appearances for Scotland – with the Rangers loanee confessing he has to “make an impact” this season.

Middleton returned to McDiarmid Park on a season-long loan after helping the Saints to their historic cup double last term, and the former Norwich kid admits scoring on Friday night came as a “bit of a relief” for the 21-year-old.

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“I’d be delighted to carry the Kazakhstan performance into club level,” he said.

“The goal on Friday was a bit of a relief for me, I’ve been working really hard on the training pitch in terms of finishing.

“I have to make an impact this season.

“So hopefully it all comes together in the next few weeks and I can keep the momentum going.

“I think I’m quite hard on myself and you have to be if you want to keep moving forward.

“I really do want to keep my head down, knuckle down, get good performances under my belt and keep pushing on.”

Scot Gemmill’s Scotland under-21s face Belgium at Tannadice tonight and Middleton will again be key to their hopes of taking anything from the game.

The St Johnstone loan star is the most experienced member of Gemmill’s side and has been something of a talisman for them in recent months.

With a League Cup semi-final against Celtic when he returns to his club, picking up where he left off against Kazakhstan could make a massive difference to the rest of Middleton’s campaign.

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