This­tle un­der­study Scully grabs his chance with view to new deal

The Herald - Herald Sport - - LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP - GRAEME MCGARRY

LIFE as a se­cond-choice goal­keeper can be a frus­trat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, with week af­ter week of train­ing go­ing un­re­warded on a Satur­day as you kick your heels on the bench.

Partick This­tle’s Ryan Scully knows only too well the re­al­i­ties of such a foot­balling ex­is­tence, and that’s why he is de­ter­mined to grab his chance in the first-team with both hands.

An in­jury to reg­u­lar No.1 To­mas Cerny opened the door for his un­der­study in the last two games, and Scully was par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive in last week­end’s match against Dundee de­spite the de­feat for his side.

He is hop­ing that another good per­for­mance against In­ver­ness to­day can help the Firhill out­fit to the win that would math­e­mat­i­cally se­cure their Premier­ship sta­tus, and help con­vince man­ager Alan Archibald of his cre­den­tials for the No.1 spot. “To­mas is the No.1 just now and he’s done well, so I can’t re­ally com­plain,” he said. “But hope­fully I can do my­self jus­tice for the rest of the sea­son and then see where pre-sea­son takes us.

“I’ve been here quite a long time, ob­vi­ously sit­ting on the bench. But I need to look at examples like Stu­art [Ban­ni­gan] com­ing in and once you’re in there, es­pe­cially as a keeper, try to ce­ment your place.

“To­mas comes in be­fore the games and wishes me good luck and helps me in train­ing. He’s got ex­pe­ri­ence in the game and you take bits from that to help your­self, but it’s your game and you need to con­cen­trate on your­self.

“Ob­vi­ously I’m am­bi­tious as a player and want to be play­ing reg­u­larly at this level, so to get the next few games un­der my belt and hope­fully see out the sea­son, that’ll kick me on for next sea­son.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence to come in and play in the top-flight, which ev­ery player wants to do.”

Scully’s con­tract is up at the end of the sea­son, so his run in the first-team has ar­rived at an op­por­tune mo­ment.

“It helps as there is only so much you can do in train­ing but to get the next few games will help my chances of get­ting some­thing. I’ll leave that up to my agent and con­cen­trate on play­ing.”

The goal­keeper is de­ter­mined to help This­tle end their sea­son on a high, as the club looks to con­tinue its as­cent in the league.

“When I started, we were more or less a mid-ta­ble Cham­pi­onship club and it’s easy to for­get that now we’re in the Premier­ship,” he said.

“Fans want to see pro­gres­sion but we’re in the Premier­ship and we’ve es­tab­lished our­selves but we’re am­bi­tious and we want to be in the top six. We were so close, we were a point away from get­ting it this sea­son.

“We can’t be too down-heart­ened and we need take it as a pos­i­tive and look at the pro­gres­sion we’ve made and take that on for next year.”

Pic­ture: SNS

SAFE HANDS: Ryan Scully is de­ter­mined to take To­mas Cerny’s No.1 jersey at Firhill.

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