By Tom Mackinnon
JACK ROSS was full of praise after the Celtic loanee, Jamie McCart’s debut in an impressive 3-1 win against Queen of the South on Sunday.
McCart arrived on a 93-day emergency loan from Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic on Friday, where he had been captain of the U/20s. He arrives at St Mirren as a result of injuries to first choice central defenders Harry Davis and Gary MacKenzie as well as suspensions to defenders Adam Eckersley and Gregor Buchanan.
The 20-year-old partnered fellow youngster Jack Baird in the win with a double from in-form Lewis Morgan and a strike from Cammy Smith enough to see off a lacklustre Queen of the South side, who netted a consolation goal via Jason Kerr midway through the second half.
Gaffer Ross was full of praise for the debutant:” McCart’s performance was really strong against an experienced frontline of Stephen Dobbie and Derek Lyle relatively quite. He was really good, especially considering he’s just two days into a 93 day loan.” He said.
The ex-Inverness loanee McCart also enjoyed his first start for St. Mirren:” It was a really great feeling to get out there and play. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the club, I know they struggled last season but the manager has come in and the results have been amazing.” added McCart.
The Scotland Under 21 international continued: “When I found out they were interested I jumped at the chance, I was so excited to get started on Friday. I just need to jeep trying and giving my all in training and just be hopeful to get minutes that’s why I’m here.”
Quizzed on St. Mirren’s promotion chances, McCart was bullish: “We can go all the way, why not? The strength in depth of the team is clear.”
McCart will hope to retain his place next week as the Saints face Brechin at the Paisley 2021 stadium.