GOING from a relegation battle last season to a promotion push this year has been talked about for St Mirren, and how their players have thrived under the pressure.

But one player that has particularly flourished under the ever-changing surroundings at the Buddies is Kyle Magennis.

The 19-year-old, alongside fellow St Mirren players Lewis Morgan and Hearts loanee Liam Smith earned call-ups to the Scotland under-21 call-up this week for their game against Andorra next Friday.

He is another part of the crop of talent that began to flourish in Paisley, with the Buddies being the platform on which Morgan began to excel and earn him his move to Celtic and helped Stevie Mallan move to English Championship side Barnsley last summer.

And manager Jack Ross thinks that Magennis’ steely mentally, forged from clawing their way from the drop zone last year, to reaching the lofty summit of the Championship, 10 points clear as they head into the final quarter of the season, is a trait that will put him in good stead and could help him go higher in the game than Mallan and Morgan before him.

“He is a good player and for me he is the most exciting one we have produced,” Ross said.

“He has the ability to play in different roles and not be fazed by it. He is gaining experience that is invaluable in moving forward.

“Playing regularly is really important for him, but the circumstances and playing games, even Lewis and Stevie last year.

“I spoke regularly about the three of them, about if we could achieve success and stay up, that experience would be invaluable for them moving forward in their careers and I’m sure the two of them would admit to that.”

Magennis’ eye-catching performances for the under-20s last summer at the Toulon tournament, where the young Scots lost to eventual champions England in the semi-finals, beating the likes of Brazil on the way, proved another stepping stone for the youngster.

But the teenager’s start to the season was dashed, after he tore his medial ligament in a pre-season friendly against Dundee in July, and was ruled out for three months.

The Buddies boss openly admits there will be a time when he moves on to bigger and better things at some point.

He added: “It’s part of the nature of this profession that your best young players will move on at some point.

“I think Kyle did well at Toulon in the summer and I’m maybe wrong, but if he hadn’t had his injury during pre-season then it maybe would have been a testing period for us in that summer window.

“Unfortunately he ended up injured in that August window and when the window was closing.

“It [Scotland under-21s] puts players on another platform, and certainly for Lewis it propelled Lewis to the forefront of people’s minds even more than he was already.

“Kyle will move on from here at some point definitely but the good thing is he keeps signing a new contract here.”