First Team

Paterson eyes double figures

16th October 2016

Scotland right-back happy to be back at Hearts and aims to beat 2013/14 goal tally.

Callum Paterson had a happy return to domestic duties following a shift with the Scotland national team and marked it with another terrific goal.

The towering full-back opened the scoring in a tough match with Dundee by converting a trademark headed goal from Robbie Muirhead’s free kick, before Bjorn Johnsen sealed the win with two minutes left.

After the match, he admitted it had been a slog at times but was relieved that the team had shown their qualities in the end.

“We were on top for a lot of the game,” said Paterson. “Yet again, we created a lot of chances and thankfully we finally managed to take two of them at the end of the game.”

After a disappointing set of results for the national side, Paterson could have been forgiven for being slightly downhearted on his return to Edinburgh.

However, the Scotland right-back chose to look on the positives of his experiences on the continent, and set his sights on another personal achievement too.

“I’m still on a high from playing in the matches, to be honest,” said the 22-year-old. “I’m obviously disappointed with how the results panned out.

“I’ve always been fit, and I’m still young and I’m healthy so I have to real excuse if I’m feeling overly fatigued.

“It’s been a tiring few weeks, and it’s been hard, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m happy to be back at Hearts again and back to scoring goals.

“My best tally for a season is 11 goals when I was playing up front. I’m at five now and we’re not even half-way through the season yet, so that’s my target. I’m definitely planning on beating that.”