McGowan happy to be on loan at Saints to gain more game time

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PAUL Mcgowan is con­fi­dent he will re­turn to Celtic an im­proved player and have a bet­ter chance of es­tab­lish­ing him­self in the first team fol­low­ing a sea­son-long loan spell at St Mir­ren.

the striker, 22, opted to make the switch to Saints this sum­mer de­spite sign­ing a new two-year deal at Park­head in April and in­sists game-time is his pri­or­ity right now.

Neil Len­non has made sev­eral new sign­ings since re­plac­ing tony Mow­bray in the Celtic hot­seat and Mcgowan is re­al­is­tic enough to know that his first­team am­bi­tions were likely to be limited this term. But, hav­ing also been farmed out to both Mor­ton and Hamil­ton in the past, the young for­ward is hop­ing for third time lucky as he bids to im­press with Saints and show he more than ca­pa­ble of be­ing part of Len­non’s plans upon his re­turn to Park­head.

He said: “I broke in un­der tony Mow­bray and then he got the sack. But it was af­ter he got sacked that I signed my con­tract. Ob­vi­ously it was hard be­cause I had bro­ken through and played a few games. Who knows, if he was still the man­ager I prob­a­bly wouldn’t be stand­ing here. But Len­non has come in and brought some new play­ers.

“I wasn’t go­ing to sit about this sea­son, I’m 22 now. I just want to play. When Danny Len­non phoned I wanted to come here. It was good to hear him talk­ing about where the club is go­ing and I want to be part of it.

“My main aim is just to go out and get as many goals as I can, and hope­fully I will go back to Celtic a bet­ter player.

“I just want games, I want that feel­ing of play­ing a game ev­ery Satur­day again, which I’ve not had for a while. that’s all I was want­ing, to wake up on a Satur­day with a game to look for­ward to.”

Mcgowan, who was forced to sit out last week’s 4-0 de­feat to his par­ent club, does not feel his time spent in Pais­ley will rep­re­sent a gam­ble in terms of his fu­ture ca­reer.

He added: “Celtic are al­ways go­ing to buy the bet­ter play­ers, that’s just the way the club are, they will go out and buy who­ever is do­ing well. And, if not Celtic, then some club down in Eng­land. So I wouldn’t say it’s a bad move go­ing any­where in the SPL. there are op­por­tu­ni­ties there for peo­ple to go on to big­ger and bet­ter things.

“that’s no dis­re­spect to the clubs, but you al­ways want to play for the best clubs. I don’t think com­ing here is a gam­ble, you just want to have that feel­ing of play­ing ev­ery week.”

Saints man­ager Danny Len­non plun­dered for­mer club Cow­den­beath to re­cruit sev­eral play­ers for his first sea­son in charge and, de­spite still seek­ing their first win in the SPL this term, Mcgowan be­lieves those play­ers have al­ready shown they are ca­pa­ble of hold­ing their own in the top-flight.

Speak­ing ahead of to­mor­row’s visit of Hiber­nian, he said: “Dar­ren Mcgre­gor, in the first game we played against Dundee United was one of our best play­ers. He has made the step-up. the gaffer is not go­ing to bring them here un­less he be­lieves in them.”

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