McGlynn confident of Webster's spirit

  • Last Updated: September 14 2012, 7:56 BST

Hearts manager John McGlynn does not believe he will need to raise Scotland defender Andy Webster's spirits following the international break.

Andy Webster: Backed by John McGlynn

Webster played the full 90 minutes on each occasion as Scotland opened their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign with draws against Serbia and Macedonia which were greeted with jeers at Hampden.

Speaking ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League trip to St Mirren, McGlynn said: "I thought over the two games Andy was excellent. That was an individual thing.

"It's a great experience to have played in these games, off the back of playing against Liverpool (in the Europa League).

"I don't think he will need to be picked up. As a defence they've done fairly well."

Webster, Marius Zaliukas (Lithuania) and Ryan McGowan (Australia) have all returned from the international break ready to take on the Buddies.

McGlynn added: "They are our experience in the team and so I'm delighted they're going to come back free from injury."

McGlynn is confident Hearts are close to clicking under his management after one loss in the opening five SPL games of the season.

"We're not far away," said McGlynn, who succeeded Paulo Sergio as boss in the summer.

"We've only lost one league game. Considering we're in a big transition and lost key players from the cup final, I think we're doing okay."

McGlynn remains keen for chances to be converted more readily, but played down the prospect of a return for Rudi Skacel.

"It would've been nice to have got another striker in to give us some other options up front," he said.

"There's still players out there who are free agents so that's not to say something can't be done or will or won't be done. It's an ongoing situation.

"It's hard on John Sutton to have all the pressure put on him.

"Until Rudi has signed for someone else it's always a possibility.

"I've not spoken to Rudi Skacel. I'm dealing with the players that I've got."