McLean insists best is still to come

  • Last Updated: September 14 2012, 14:47 BST

Kenny McLean is confident there is plenty more to come from him this season as he aims to top his efforts from last term.

Kenny McLean: Looking to improve

The St Mirren midfielder capped an impressive campaign with a call-up to the Scotland Under-21 squad and a nomination for the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year award.

The 20-year-old knows he is capable of performing better than he has done in games so far this season but believes he can live up to the expectations.

He said: "This season, I started okay but I want to do better.

"Last season, there was some expectation on myself after getting into the Under-21s squad and the nomination for the young player of the year.

"I think expectations are a bit higher than how I've started the season.

"I feel there is more to come from myself and hopefully that will come.

"I wouldn't say there is pressure on me - I'm delighted to be in the position that I'm in - but I'm confident that I can do better this season.

"If there is a bit of pressure there then I'm happy to deal with it in the right way."

McLean says his confidence has been boosted after making his debut for the Scotland Under-21 side against Luxembourg in Paisley last week, even though the young Scots failed to secure a play-off spot for the European Championships.

He said: "It was good to get away and meet up with the boys. It was a good experience.

"Obviously it was a disappointing outcome but it was good to be involved and I'm available for the next one as well.

"Coming out at St Mirren Park for my debut with a Scotland jersey on was an honour.

"Being involved with the international squad gives you massive confidence.

"For me, coming back to my club, it's given my confidence a boost so hopefully I'll take that into games and do better.

"You know you're doing something right if you're getting noticed so I just need to keep doing the same things and keep getting noticed."

St Mirren host Hearts in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League tomorrow as they aim to add to their one victory so far.

Buddies boss Danny Lennon said: "They've always been very difficult games against Hearts.

"We've always had entertaining games with Hearts and I expect nothing less this time.

"Hopefully we can bring in the right tools and get the right personnel and game-plan together that's going to give us that edge come Saturday.

"John McGlynn has deservedly got his opportunity at Hearts.

"He worked in the lower leagues very well, learning his trade, and he deserves his opportunity at his beloved club.

"But I'm looking forward to the challenge of trying to get that victory."