Kris Doolan hopes he has given Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald a selection headache after marking his first start of the campaign with a goal against Morton on Tuesday, writes Chris Jack.

The striker was overlooked in favour of summer signing Ryan Stevenson for Partick Thistle's first three Premiership outings but made the most of his chance to shine on Tuesday night when his goal took Thistle into a League Cup third-round meeting with St Mirren.

Archibald's side return to Premiership action with a tricky trip to Aberdeen this weekend and the man who was leading scorer with 11 goals last term is determined to add to his tally.

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"Obviously it is frustrating, everybody wants to play. I know that there is competition for places in every area of the team, which is good. But I want to be playing and I am trying my best. Hopefully after my goal I have got a chance. I don't expect anything. I have played long enough to know not to expect anything.

"I just make sure I do the right things when I am training and playing, I keep my head down and work as hard as I can to get myself in team.Every time I play I will score goals. I don't worry about it at all.

"Last year when I was out of the team for a bit I came back in and finished top goalscorer. It is not something I worry about. Every time I play I try to score. All you can do is prove that you deserve to be playing when you are on the park or in training. I don't let my head get down."

n The Dundee United striker Brian Graham is set to secure a season-long loan to St Johnstone. Last night, the Tannadice club confirmed the former Raith Rovers and Morton attacker is expected to sign today. The 26-year-old, who spent much of last season on the United bench, could face Mother­well on Saturday.

Tommy Wright, the St Johnstone manager, has been seeking a replacement for Stevie May, who moved to Sheffield Wednesday in an £800,000 deal earlier in the summer.