St Mirren midfielder Kyle Magennis is desperate to make up for lost time by helping the Buddies retain their Premiership status.

The 20-year-old has been limited to just 17 appearances this campaign by a series of injuries - including the torn hamstring suffered against Hibernian in December that he's just come back from. 

Speaking to Gazette Sport, he said: “It hast been a hard season for me personally. I have not played a lot of football and I have not helped the team as much as I wanted but it will be good to play the next two games and prove myself. I am feeling good. I am feeling confident. 

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"They beat us earlier in the season but everyone can see that in the past six or seven games we have been a different side. We have been a lot harder to beat and we have been winning games. We are a different side.”

With the first-leg kicking-off at Tannadice tonight at 7.45pm before the decider back at the Simple Digital Arena on Sunday afternoon, the Scotland under-21 international admits the order of the ties could be a boost for his side.

The Gazette: Magennis, right, celebrating Cody Cooke's hat-trick against Dundee at the weekendMagennis, right, celebrating Cody Cooke's hat-trick against Dundee at the weekend

He said: "That is my preference. The other boys might be different but I think we can go and get a result there and then again back here. They are a good side but so are we. There will be big crowds at the game and it is exciting. The past two years have been mental. Been promoted, nearly getting relegated and then nearly getting relegated again.”

With just two games left to decide which division St Mirren will be playing their football in next season, there is no denying they will both be nervy affairs.

But Magennis, who has been with the club since the age of five-years-old, says they have got to try and enjoy them.

More than 2,500 Buddies travelled to Tayside for the last league game of the season against Dundee at the weekend and are set to sellout their allocation for both remaining games. 

And the Saints star says the supporters have been brilliant all campaign long. 

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He continued: “Definitely. These are the games that everyone wants to play in. They are meaningful and more enjoyable. Obviously if we get beat it can have negative effects on everyone but you can’t think like that. You have to say positive and do what you can do.”

“They have been excellent the past two years I have been with the first team. Hopefully that is the same for the next two games. It is only my family that have pestered me for tickets!”

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