Danny McNamara’s St Johnstone form has been hailed as the reason for his fast start to life as a senior Millwall player.

The right-back was on loan at the Saints in the first half of this season, making 22 fruitful appearances in the Premiership before Millwall recalled him earlier this month. He has started their last two matches, thriving on his Championship debut against Bournemouth.

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McNamara was excellent midweek. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

And manager Rowett says a big part of his challenge for Mahlon Romeo’s previously uncontested right-back slot is his form in Perth: “When you look at our run of form, it’s not been fantastic. We’ve got a young player who’s played really, really well in Scotland.

“We wanted to bring him back to genuinely challenge Mahlon for the shirt. Mahlon’s been really good but we’ve had no real challenge there. Ryan Leonard has played there, Jiri Skalak has played there to help out. But we haven’t had a natural right-back, right wing-back to challenge him.

“I thought he did well enough against Boreham Wood and showed me enough to… I felt the easy thing to do would have been to take him out of the side.

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Saints form pays off. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I just thought he’s got the temperament, he’s got the character, he’s got the athleticism, and he’s shown a lot of composure. To come to a place like Bournemouth, I felt this would be big for him because if you’re going to come up short you’re going to come up short at a place like this with a lot of power and pace in forward areas.

“But I thought he was outstanding, really, really outstanding. It shows what a good loan can do for a young player. He’s full of confidence. We’ve got two very good right wing-backs in our club and that’s what we want. We want that competition. With so many games coming up we need players to push each other.”

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