Lee Erwin got off the mark for St Mirren in his first start for his new side.
His early opener against Celtic turned out to be a brief highlight for the Buddies before goals from Shane Duffy and James Forrest gave Neil Lennon’s men all three points.
But the former Ross County man saw enough in the performance to give him optimism ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Tannadice to face Dundee United.
Erwin said: “As a striker, you want to score and get up and running as quickly as possible.
“I’m happy it’s only taken me two games but, to be honest, I felt I could have had another one in the second half with the shot I put over the bar.
“We had a good start to the game and then conceded two goals, which could have been easily avoided.
“We went in at half-time feeling we didn’t do a lot wrong.
“But I felt the overall performance was good as we have to take that into our game tomorrow.”
The 26-year-old was often played out wide in his time with the Staggies.
So he’s delighted that his new boss Jim Goodwin sees him as more of a number nine.
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But the forward knows that means there’s more of a reliance on him to find the net on a regular basis.
He added: “The gaffer says he wants me to play up front for the team.
“He wants me to stay up the park and bring people into the game.
“That’s what I like to do, so I’m happy with that.
“Sometimes you get a feel-good factor from someone and I get that from the manager here.
“I’ll be further up the pitch than I have been, so, hopefully, I can get more chances to score.
“There are plenty of people in the squad who can score goals if I’m not scoring. We have a lot of goal threats.
“I’ll just be doing my best.”
Erwin was honest in his acceptance that his career has taken a wrong turning or two since he broke through as a kid at Motherwell.
He could dwell on a couple of failed transfers in recent years, particularly the move to Iran to sign for Tractor in 2018 and leaving Fir Park for Leeds in 2015.
However, the ex-Kilmarnock forward would much rather look ahead, rather than back.
His new target is to cement his place in the Buddies’ starting lineup and enjoy playing football again.
Erwin said: “I’m at the stage in my career now where I need to play regularly.
“You want that at any age, but I need to be going into a Saturday knowing I’ve got a good chance of playing.
“Do I feel my career has stalled a little bit? Definitely. I could sit here and say I made the wrong decision to go abroad, but you don’t know about these things until you actually try them.
“I’m just looking to get back playing week in and week out.”