Edwards aiming to woo Socceroos gaffer Arnold
On-loan midfielder targets a starring role in tonight’s visit of Celtic
St Mirren ace Ryan Edwards is hoping to catch the eye of his Aussie gaffer Graham Arnold as the Socceroos boss heads to Scotland this weekend.
The Australian is in line to make his Buddies debut in tonight’s showdown with Premiership champions Celtic.
A sell- out crowd is set to descend on the Simple Digital Arena as football returns to Paisley for the first time since last month’s defeat at the hands of Livingston.
And Edwards, who is on a loan deal from rivals Hearts, hopes the chance of first-team football will ignite his international ambitions as Arnold prepares to take in a number of matches over the weekend as he casts an eye over Scotland’s burgeoning Aussie talent.
Edwards said: “The Australia manager is coming to this country to see the Australian players.
“He is definitely going to see Celtic, Hibs and Hearts and look at the Aussie contingent.
“It would be a good game to try and impress him because he will watch it.
“It is always good to play against Australian teammates like Tom Rogic at Celtic.
“He is a great player. Hibs have also got two Australians and Hearts have three and there is one at Motherwell and one at Dundee.
“It is great to meet up with my fellow Aussies when you play those teams.
“I have always said that I am ambitious and that I can help any team that I am in.
“Looking at the new Australian manager coming in, he has picked a bunch of new players to broaden the depth of the Socceroos squad like Ben Garuccio who has had a great start to the season at Hearts.
“He made the recent training camp and I see myself trying to knock on the door for the next one.
“I missed that opportunity because I have not been involved with the Aussie squad for the last 18 months or so and that is something that I want to get back involved with.”
Edwards arrived in Paisley just before Alan Stubbs was given the bullet, sitting in the stands as he watched his parent club Hearts trounce the Buddies 4- 1 at Tynecastle in the Englishman’s last game in charge.
The midfielder is striving for a more successful season having suffered relegation with Partick last time around.
But he reckons St Mirren have nothing to worry about having seen firsthand the more positive atmosphere that new gaffer Oran Kearney has generated.
He added: “We’ve had bad starts during my time at Thistle in the first four or five months and we have recovered.
“In terms of St Mirren’s start to the season they already have three points on the board whereas eight or nine games in at Thistle we had zero and then we made the top six.
“The performances haven’t been there at St Mirren so far.
“The new manager has come in and he has lifted the place up and made the players more confident.
“You can sense a feeling within the group that there is a buzz around the place.
“The players are taking the new ideas from the manager and they can’t wait to implement them on the pitch.”
Ready to play Ryan Edwards