St Mirren manager Danny Lennon last night heaped praise on wing wizard Gary Teale for producing some sizzling performances after spending months cooling his heels on the substitutes’ bench.
Teale’s future at the Paisley club looked uncertain earlier this season when he was linked with a move to fallen Old Firm giants Rangers.
The former Scotland star struggled to break into the first team but has started the last four league games for Saints and has shown flashes of the red-hot form that saw him star down south for big clubs such as Wigan and Derby County.
It was Teale’s excellent cross that led to Steven Thompson’s second goal during the crucial 3-1 weekend win over Dundee.
And Lennon reckons the 34-year-old wide boy can play a key role for Saints in the months ahead.
He told Express Sports: “Gary’s in a good place at the moment and long may it continue.
“We talked to him about what he needed to do to get back in and he’s taken it on board.
“With Gary, he’s knuckled down and managed to get back into the team and we’re delighted. He’s showing the type of form that we all knew he was capable of.
“There was never any doubting Gary’s ability – it was all about bringing that to training and on match days and, to be fair, he’s been doing that.
“He’s a real credit to himself for the way he’s risen to the challenge.”
Saints’ mini revival continued on Tuesday night with a hard-earned point against Ross County in the Highlands.
However, Lennon has warned his men that they must continue to display three key strengths if they want to climb further up the SPL table.
He said: “We want to carry forward the momentum that we have taken from the Dundee and Ross County games.
“There are three things that will carry us out of our present position – hard work, belief and quality.
“The players have been knocking on the door in the last few weeks but haven’t got their rewards.
“Now we have to take advantage of this positive momentum and try to get closer to those teams above us.”