Teenage midfielder Ali McCann has a “big future” in front of him, according to St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright.
And the Perth boss revealed that the 19-year-old is excelling in a position that isn’t even his favourite one.
“The last two matches he has started he has been excellent, growing into the games,” said Wright.
“Ali was maybe a bit apprehensive early on against Hibs but he is comfortable on the ball and he got to the tempo of the game.
“I am playing him in a deeper position and he might prefer to play a bit higher up.
“But at the minute he is the best one we have got for retaining possession, making things tick over and switching play for us.
“Once Ali gets to grips with the discipline in the role he can develop into a really good sitting midfielder.
“But he could still end up playing further forward.
“He is only 19 and he has a big future ahead of him.”
There is a balance to be struck between pride at a job well done and moving on quickly to the next challenge, Wright insisted.
He said: “I want him believing in himself but I don’t want Ali getting comfortable. He has to perform every week, just like any other player.”