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Graham Carey focused on St Mirren survival


Carey to wait before deciding future

By John Barnes

Graham Carey says he will consider his own future after helping St Mirren secure their Premier League status.

The on-loan Celtic defender's good form at St Mirren has been rewarded with the Clydesdale Bank young player of the month award for April.

He is out of contract with Celtic this summer and remains unsure where his future lies.

"I'm not really worried," said Carey. "It'll be all worked out when the time's right."

Carey has been a first-team regular in recent weeks as Gus MacPherson's side have battled against relegation.

"I'm just concentrating on playing football at the moment and I'm really enjoying it," he said.

I wanted to go out and not only impress the manager of Celtic but also to impress other managers

St Mirren defender Graham Carey

"I'm looking to do the best I can for St Mirren and hopefully keep them in the league."

Carey has only played 13 minutes for the Celtic first team, as a substitute in the Europa League tie against Rapid Vienna last December.

Since joining St Mirren on loan in January he has made 14 appearances, including a Co-operative Insurance Cup final start against Rangers.

And the Republic of Ireland under-21 international has looked upon this move as an opportunity to put himself in the shop window.

"That was really the thinking before I went out on loan, " admitted Carey.

"I wanted to go out and not only impress the manager of Celtic but also to impress other managers and show that I can play in the SPL. I think I've done that."

Carey will be 21 on Sunday, and he hopes his birthday celebrations are complimented by ensuring the Paisley club will be playing top flight football next season.

A win against bottom club Falkirk on Saturday will secure that and top off a good week.

"I'm delighted. To get these personal achievements is always good. But I owe a lot to the team the way we've played over the last couple of weeks and got some good results," he added.

"We're quietly confident we can go there and pick up a result. If we do that we're safe and that's a big incentive for us.

"We went there a couple of weeks ago but really didn't turn up. The best team won on the day.

"Hopefully we can go there on Saturday and hopefully put that right."

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