Ross County forward Ross Stewart is putting the pressure on himself to maintain his fine recent goalscoring form.
Stewart netted a late winner in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Motherwell at Fir Park, helping the Staggies come from behind to secure back-to-back victories.
The goal took Stewart’s tally to four goals in seven league appearances, having scored a further four during County’s Betfred Cup group section.
Stewart says he is well on course to meet his personal targets as he embraces his maiden Premiership season.
Stewart said: “I have scored a number of goals already – and I’m always hard at myself to keep scoring.
“I want to learn and improve my game. I have worked really well with the co-managers here. The last few seasons I have moved up the leagues, and I’m where I want to be now competing in the Premiership. I’m playing week-in, week-out.
“I’ve set in-house targets, and I’m doing well already in trying to reach those. At this time of the season, if you were going to tell me I would have scored as many goals as I have scored I would have snatched your hand off for it.
“But I always put pressure on myself to get more. As a striker you’ve got to be greedy, you want to score as many as you can. When you do it’s nice.
“I’m well on my way to making the targets I have set. Once I hit them, I can set myself other targets.”
Stewart’s form prompted fellow striker Brian Graham to tout him for a future Scotland call-up, insisting the 23-year-old’s physical frame suits the role of leading the line for the national side.
Stewart is keeping his feet on the ground, adding: “I just focus on things I can focus on. It’s obviously nice when your team-mates put that kind of praise on you. It lets you know you are doing quite well.
“I’m great pals with big Brian, who I thought was excellent when he came on. It’s all nice, I just focus on the football side of things – I can only control performances on the pitch.
“If I can do that, it will take me where it takes me in my career. I don’t think about too much, I just think about trying to get three points from the next game ahead.”
County’s victory moved them into the top half of the Premiership, however Stewart is reluctant to get carried away, adding: “Having been a promoted team, the first aim is to avoid the bottom spot and stay in the league.
“If we just keep winning we can re-evaluate as the weeks come on. We want to finish as far up the table as we can.”