Charlie Gilmour is planning to make up for lost time.

And the St Johnstone midfielder hopes more minutes are on the horizon following Saturday’s Scottish Cup appearance against Clyde.

The 22-year-old entered the action in the second half and helped the Perth side see out a comfortable 2-0 fourth-round victory.

It was only Gilmour’s second appearance – the other was in the closing seconds away at Motherwell in the league – since joining the club in February.

“It was nice to come on,” smiled Gilmour, who came through the ranks at Arsenal. “I felt good out there.

“I hadn’t really played for about a year and a half. It was a long time since I’d properly been on the pitch.

“Hopefully it is the start of something and I can get a run of games soon. I want to play every game.

“I knew it was going to be difficult at the start. The team was playing well before I arrived and then when I got here.

“But hopefully I can work my way into the team and be a big important player for the club.”

Before arriving at Saints, Gilmour’s last involvement on the pitch was early 2020 when on loan at Dutch second division side Telstar from Norwich City.

A fractured back certainly did not help and then there was the impact of coronavirus.

Reflecting on the last year, Gilmour said: “It has been tough because I had a fractured back.

“I was in a back brace for about six months. No gym, no fitness work, just complete rest. Fitness-wise I still have a lot to catch up on but I’m trying to work towards it.

“I’ve just had to keep plugging away, training hard and I will continue to do so. You are going to have spells in your career when you are going to play and when you aren’t.

“You just need to stick at it because it’s a long career. It’s down to me to get myself into the team.

“I’ve been in the gym as much as I can to bulk up and get ready physically, as well as technically and tactically.

“I just need to try and implement all three of them into my game.

“I try and do a bit extra after the sessions.

“A bit of running to top up, all to get myself in the best possible shape for when I do get the chance.”

Gilmour is looking forward to seeing what else the club can achieve after already bagging the League Cup and a top-six finish this term. He added: “Everyone has been very nice and welcomed me so well. I enjoy training with the team every day.

“Callum Davidson has been great. From the outside, he is the exact same on the inside. He is a great man-manager and always talks to me.

“Even when I wasn’t playing, you still feel part of it which is a real bonus. The club is doing really well this season.”