Ed­wards aim­ing to woo Soc­ceroos gaffer Arnold

On-loan mid­fielder tar­gets a star­ring role in tonight’s visit of Celtic

Paisley Daily Express - - Theti Cket - Craig Ritchie

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

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