St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs wants positivity to surround the Paisley club on their return to the Ladbrokes Premiership.
The Buddies sealed their place in the top flight as Championship winners last season before manager Jack Ross moved south to Sunderland.
Former Hibernian boss Stubbs took over in the hot seat but ahead of the visit of Dundee for Saturday’s opener, he set his heights higher than simply avoiding the drop.
He told Sky Sports: “I don’t really want to talk about staying in the league because I don’t think that is the right thing to talk about.
“I want to talk about having a really exciting season.
“We are looking ahead rather than behind and I want people, come the end of the season, to talk about how well we have done in our first season.
“I don’t want to talk about anything negative, we need to be positive.
“We need to know what we are good at and what we need to do to pick up as many points as we possibly can and try and cement ourselves right in the middle of that table.”
Stubbs is “hopeful” of adding to his squad but that is likely to be next week and in the meantime, after qualifying out of the Betfred Cup group phase to set up a last-16 clash with Aberdeen, he wants to get off to the best possible start in the league against the Dens Park men.
The former Everton, Bolton and Celtic defender said: “It is a great challenge. It is not very often you get a job on the back of a promotion.
“So we want to build on that and we are really looking forward to the start of the season.
“In terms of working with the players it has been fine.
“Obviously whenever a new season comes you do find there are comings and goings. We still are structuring the squad.
“But we are ready and prepared for tomorrow and are looking forward to the challenge that Dundee are going to bring.”
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