BY DARREN JOHNSTONE@CCP_Sport
St Mirren defender Jack Baird admits he is not short of mentors at the Buddies – he just wishes that the team had more points.
The 19-year-old scored his first ever senior goal in Friday’s Renfrewshire derby against Morton but could not keep out Alex Samuel’s 90th minute equaliser as Ian Murray’s side had to settle for a draw
That point has kept Saints out of the relegation play-off place in the Championship ahead of tonight’s trip to Raith Rovers.
And even though the team is struggling for form in the league, teenager Baird insists he is learning all the time from the likes of assistant manager Alex Miller and experienced defender Andy Webster.
He said: “Alex’s had great experience and it’s brilliant to work with him, it’s a bit of a change .
“It’s good to have another person in and he brings a lot of good stuff to training.
“He’s got loads of experience working with good defenders so he’s helped me and given me advice on things that I can improve in my game.
“Andy’s been a massive help too. Its loads of simple things, it’s thing you can’t learn from a coaching point of view, it’s things you have to learn within the game.
“He’s been a great help but it’s not just him, there are loads of players in there like Keith Watson and Craig Reid – they’re a great help.
“Despite the results, I’m really happy to be playing. I’m enjoying every minute of it and it was my first senior goal so I’m delighted.”
The Paisley outfit will bid to record their first win in five matches when they take on Rovers this evening and Baird is hopeful they will soon turn the corner.
He added: “After the effort we put in and being in front for 80-odd minutes, it was pretty gutting and it felt like a big defeat.
“We played well for most of the game and we defended really well, we can take that into the Raith game and get ready to go again.”