Dundee v St Mirren reaction

Lennon mentioned Scottish legends Graeme Souness and Kenny

Dalglish when discussing McLean’s potential.

McLean’s 35-yard strike six minutes from the interval in

Saturday’s SPL clash at Dens Park, which gave Dees keeper Rab

Douglas no chance, was fit on its own to win any game, although

striker Sam Parkin clinched the points when he grabbed a second

after the break.

Afterwards, Lennon predicted great things for his Scotland

Under-21 player in the future, although he is glad to have him at

the Paisley club in the meantime.

“It was a wonderful goal and he has got that in his locker,”

said the Buddies boss. “The ball was still rising when it hit the

back of the net.

“Maybe this season we will unleash a new Souness or Dalglish and

I certainly think McLean has the ability to do that.

“There will be a little bit of help from myself and the staff,

but he certainly has the tools to do it.

“He is going into his second full season and he has two years of

his contract still to go.

“He has a lot of development still in him and we think he is in

the correct environment.

“Kenny McLean has all to the tools to be a top player, wherever

he goes.”

Lennon believes McLean, 20, should be pushing for a place in

Craig Levein’s plans for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers even

though he was left out of Billy Stark’s under-21 squad for this

month’s challenge match against Belgium.

Lennon said: “First and foremost he has to get into Billy

Stark’s under-21 squad and Billy didn’t think he was quite


“But he certainly has it in his locker, I see his

professionalism and ability on a daily basis.”

McLean appeared taken aback when told that his manager was

talking about him in the same breath as Souness and Dalglish, but

pledged his immediate future to the Saints.

“I don’t know how to take that,” he said. “There is a lot to

live up to there but hopefully I will keep getting better.

“The manager has given me a platform so hopefully there is

better to come.

“I am enjoying my football here so it (moving south) is not

something I am looking for in the immediate future.

“I am delighted with the way things are going, working under the

gaffer and Tommy Craig is brilliant so hopefully I will keep


“A year or two down the line we will see what happens, but I

just want to do well here.”

McLean was similarly modest when asked about his goal.

“I don’t think there will be another one like that this season,”

he said.

“But it’s always good to get a goal like that. It was something

I was thinking about but as soon as I got the ball I knew what I

was doing.

“I didn’t realise how far out I was to be honest but I am not

going to catch it any better than that.”

McLean was involved in one moment of controversy when Dundee

claimed for a penalty following his challenge on Mark Stewart

inside the box, seconds before Parkin scored the clincher.

The Paisley player said: “I clearly got the ball.”

Lennon added: “In my opinion, the referee got that bang on.”

Dundee boss Barry Smith did not make too much of the penalty

claim, saying: “We are obviously going to claim the penalty but the

referee has a decision to make and that’s the end of it.”

Smith added: “They scored with a great strike but I thought we

were on top of the game when they got the second.

“But at this level we can’t switch off and that was the problem,

we switched off and allowed them to break and get the second