St Johnstone striker Chris Kane believes his first league goal of the season is just around the corner.
Kane has found the back of the net just once this season – against Brechin City in the Betfred Cup – from 13 appearances.
However, as Tommy Wright’s team prepared to travel to Tynecastle to face Hearts tomorrow, Kane expressed confidence that the yearned-for strike isn’t far away.
Kane said: “Goals will come – I know they will come.
“I just need to keep playing, keep myself fit and hopefully stay in the starting line-up.
“I felt I did well against Kilmarnock in our last game. The boys said I played well and so did the gaffer – that’s the main thing.
“I do need to get a few goals under my belt because that is what you want your strikers doing.
“The manager has been good with me as I have been biding my time.
“He has given me the chance, which he said he would.
“I feel like I took it against Killie and, as I say, hopefully I can keep myself in the team.”
Saints will face a Jam Tarts side that will be boosted by the appointment of new boss Daniel Stendel.
That makes Kane wary.
The Perth frontman said: “It will give Hearts a lift.
“That is the case for a lot of teams when a new manager comes in.
“You can see what happened with Hibs when their manager came in.
“We will be expecting Hearts to perform better than they have been.
“I wouldn’t have guessed at the start of the season that Hearts would be where they are but in a couple of weeks they could be a few places higher up in the league.
“We want to keep them down there.
“It is still so tight and we want to get as many points before the break. That will give us a lift taking us into the next half of the season.
“They are all massive games for us now and especially with us being bottom of the league.”
“We are raring to go as well. It’s going to be a good game but hopefully we can get the result we want.”