Ross County winger Davis Keillor-Dunn hopes patience can pay off in his bid to force his way into the Staggies’ starting line-up for today’s Championship trip to Dunfermline.
Keillor-Dunn made just two substitute appearances during the Staggies’ Betfred Cup group campaign, and also started on the bench for last weekend’s Championship opener against Alloa Athletic.
After being brought on as a 61st minute substitute, the 20-year-old answered with the perfect response by providing the assist for Marcus Fraser’s winner against the Wasps.
Fellow winger Michael Gardyne is free from suspension for today’s game at East End Park but Keillor-Dunn hopes to get the nod to start.
He said: “When you’re on the bench you’ve just got to be ready for your time for when the managers say ‘come on, do your bit’
“I was on the sidelines and the instruction was to go on and help us win the game. Hopefully that’s what I did.
“If you are not picked for the starting 11, you need to make sure you’re doing things that will catch the eye of the managers and the supporters to try and get your way in.
“I’ve just got to keep doing well in training, and hopefully it will come together.”
Today’s opponents also started their season on a winning note with Saturday’s 3-2 triumph over Dundee United, but Sunderland-born Keillor-Dunn is in optimistic mood.
He said: “I don’t really know Dunfermline. I have never played against them before but a few of our boys have said it will be one of our toughest games of the season.
“We’ve got to prepare properly and hopefully get the three points.
“We will go to get the win, we won’t sit back, and if they sit back we need to break them down.
“I don’t think their form can faze us, We’ve just got to believe in what we are doing on the training ground.”
Keillor-Dunn made his breakthrough in the Staggies’ side last season with the former Chesterfield Town netting three goals in 30 appearances in an otherwise disappointing season which saw the club relegated from the Premiership.
Keillor-Dunn added: “I will just do exactly what I was doing last season and exactly what I want to do this season.
“Nothing is going to change for me, I just want to keep scoring and creating goals and keep getting us up the league.
“It’s a chance for younger players like me to get on the ball, and maybe dominate games.
“Maybe teams will be a bit more frightened of us now.
“The tables have sort of turned now, and we want to be the dominant side of each fixture.
“Hopefully we can get ourselves promoted again and get back playing in the top league.”