Kane delighted to mark comeback with goal

Wednesday 17th May

Saints striker Chris Kane was told his season could be over in February, but the hitman defied the odds to return to the first team and net the winner against Hearts on Wednesday night, and the youngster was delighted with his side's performance against Ian Cathro's men.

“I would say it was a fair reflection. We played well throughout the whole game. We get the goal to go 1-0 up and take the lead, which is obviously important, but I thought that for the whole 90 minutes the midfield and the defence, and of course Alan (Mannus) were solid. I think we deserved the three points.”

On a personal level, Chris was pleased with his own performance, as the forward ran rings around the Jambos defence after almost two months on the sidelines.

“I'm delighted. That's my first 90 minutes since Kilmarnock when I got injured. I'm happy with the goal - it's a great ball from Swanny and I'm greatful it went in. I think in the second half, I was beginning to get tired but it's good to get 90 minutes and my fitness back.”

A fantastic team goal, Chris praises the departing Danny Swanson for setting up his first half winner, and knows what the winger is capable of.

“Swanny does that week in week out. He always picks the passes, and I get told to make those runs in behind defenders. I've done it today and luckily Swanny's played it to my feet and I just had to finish it.”

On the other wing, Chris linked up excellent with Craig Thomson, and having played together at under 20s level, the duo formed a formidable partnership in the first team.

“Midge's done really well. He's been on fire in training and he's deserved his start today. I thought he was excellent, and he caused the left back trouble for the whole time he played.”

Chris was heartbroken to be all but ruled out for the season following his injury against Kilmarnock, however he fought back and his hard work payed off on Wednesday.

“I was told that I could have been out for the rest of the season, so I worked hard to get back with Tony the physio. I thankful to have gotten back and play today, and luckily get 90 minutes.”

Having secured Europa League football on Saturday against Partick Thistle, Chris can't wait for another European experience and knows how much it means to everyone associated with the club.

“I'm delighted - I can't wait! It'll be brilliant to get the fans down here and obviously it's what you want to do, playing in big competitions like that so I can't wait to get started.”

The 2016/17 season has been another memorable one for the Perth club, and Chris sees no reason why Saints can't end the season with a bang by beating Rangers on Sunday.

“I don't see why we shouldn't be confident. We've had some great results towards the end of the season, so if we take the performances we've put in over the past few weeks, I don't see why we can't win it.”

Interview by Ross Gardiner.