St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson has admitted that it will take October signing Guy Melamed to get up to speed to life in Scottish football.

Melamed joined the Saints from Maccabi Natanya in the last transfer window. The striker made his full league debut for the Perth side in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Hibernian, playing 61 minutes.

Davidson has stated that although the player has done extra training, the inability to organise reserve games means it will take time for Melamed to show how good he can be.

“We can’t arrange reserve games”

“It’s really difficult for him. Because of the size of the squad we can’t actually arrange reserve games for him. It’s been really difficult to actually get him minutes of game time. He’s been training a little bit extra, it’s a real difficult game to get him up to match speed” Davidson said.

St Johnstone striker Guy Melamed

St Johnstone striker Guy Melamed (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Hopefully, you see little bits of him, a little bit of quality, hopefully he’ll get better and better” Davidson concluded.


Almost marked league debut with a goal

The Saints boss will be pleased that the striker has finally made his league debut after joining the club. Indeed, he almost marked his first Premiership appearance with a goal, but shot over the bar.

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Still, it is a promising sign for Davidson and St Johnstone that Melamed is now fit enough to make starts in the league.

It will be interesting to see if the player makes his third appearance of the season for the Saints when they take on Motherwell in the League Cup this weekend.

Should he start that game, it will perhaps be proof that the player is now fully fit.


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