Calvin Miller admits getting game time was his only concern before joining Dundee on loan – now, though, his full focus is on helping the Dark Blues climb the table.
And that starts on Saturday at home to Hibs, after his full debut for the club ended with a 4-0 loss at Rangers.
The attacking full-back admits confidence is low at Dens Park after six consecutive defeats but has plans to get the home crowd behind the team by starting a lot quicker than they did at Ibrox.
The Dundee defence was ripped apart by Steven Gerrard’s Gers in the early stages, trailing 2-0 before they got any sort of foothold in the game.
And, for Miller, they can’t afford to repeat that.
He said: “We’ll have the crowd with us on Saturday and, hopefully, they get right behind us and we can push for it and give everything.
“If the crowd are on your side, you’ll put in that extra 10%, no doubt.
“The manager was disappointed we didn’t play much football but it’s always hard at Ibrox with the fans and they press high so it was hard to play.
“If we don’t concede so early it might have been different because there were periods in the game where we did really well but it’s too late when you’re already 2-0 down.
“If we played the way we did at 2-0 at the start of the game, there would have been a chance of getting something.
“We’re a wee bit low on confidence but we’re together as a group and working with each other to build a team spirit that can get us up the table.
“We need to put Saturday to the back of our minds and think about the next game against Hibs because we need points.
“The gaffer believes in us and puts every faith in us to perform – we need to show him that back.”
Miller might be new to the set-up at Dens Park, after signing a season-long loan deal from Celtic at the end of August, but he’s quickly noticed the biggest hurdle the squad has to overcome.
In each of their league defeats this campaign, the Dark Blues have gifted the opposition at least one goal because of individual errors.
With three of those defeats being by just the one goal, that’s proved extremely costly and Miller is backing the side to start picking up points – if they cut out the howlers.
If they can do that, the full-back hopes he can help add an attacking threat from deep to bring the goals that have eluded the team.
He said: “There have been individual errors which we need to get out of our system.
“Once we do that, we know the team can play, we work on it a lot and we’ll pick up points quickly.
“I think it’s because we are low on confidence, that’s why it’s happening and when that lifts we’ll definitely kick on.
“I feel like my strengths are going forward so I like the wing-back role more than left-back.
“From a boy, I’ve always been an attacking player so I’d say left wing-back is my role but I can definitely play left-wing as well.
“Whichever way you want to put it, I like to go forward, take people on and get crosses in.
“That’s what the gaffer wants me to do and that’s why I’m happy to come and contribute to Dundee.
“The gaffer wants me to play a bit higher than I usually do for Celtic.
“For me, personally, I was always going to come to Dundee – I needed game time and I knew I could get it here.
“As well as that I just want to come in and help the boys as much as possible and once I’ve got a run of games in me, I’ll be getting fitter and fitter.”