Callum Paterson hoping to thrive on the pressure of firing Hearts to safety

Teenage forward targets doubling his goal tally as club battles Premeirship relegation.

Callum Paterson, Hearts, August 2013.
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Callum Paterson claims he is going to thrive on the pressure of getting goals for Hearts this season – and is loving working with club legend John Robertson to improve his penalty box prowess.

The 18-year-old is back to fitness after a serious foot injury sidelined him for the final four months of last season and ready to lead the line in the Jam Tarts’ attempts to beat relegation.

Paterson, who filled in a number of positions in his breakthrough year last season, hopes to hit double figures this term after shooting four goals in 2012/13.

The Scotland Under-21 cap said: “Last year I had a lot of pressure, I’m used to it.

“I’d rather have pressure on me than play without it. It spurs me on.

“I wasn’t even a striker when I came here, I played right back or right midfield. I’m loving it now though.

“[John Robertson] has showed me really good techniques and he’s one of the best strikers that has ever played in Scottish football. To have him on board is unbelievable.

“He’s showed me how to relax in front of goal, how to run the channels.

“I’m just a young guy – I just kick the ball anywhere and hope it goes in.

“He’s taught me technique and hopefully I can take that into the season.”

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