St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has “high hopes” for teenage striker John Robertson.
But, after making his debut off the bench as a late substitute at Dens Park on Saturday, the 16-year-old’s progression won’t be rushed.
“It was only a cameo but he made an impression,” said Wright.
“John is another young player we have high hopes for. He is certainly one for the future.
“John appeared in the squad for the Dundee game because of the injuries we have suffered and I will be up front about that.
“But he trained all week with the first team, that didn’t faze him at all and he is a confident young lad.
“So far in his career he has always scored lots of goals.
“John is someone who will be eased into the first team squad. We will nurture him. We have to look after our kids and manage their development.”
January signing David McMillan made his comeback from injury in Monday night’s development game against Dundee United.
The Irishman hasn’t played since getting injured on his debut three months ago.
McMillan came off after half-an-hour, as planned, and was replaced by another Saints striker on the comeback trail, Callum Hendry.