St Johnstone keeper Peter Enckelman welcomes his quality competition
St Johnstone's Peter Enckelman knows he cannot afford to rest on his laurels following the arrival of goalkeeping rival Alan Mannus at the club.
The Finnish international is well aware that Mannus, who joined from Shamrock Rovers, has not come just to make up the numbers at McDiarmid Park.
Despite posting a fine individual performance in defeat on Saturday against Rangers, Enckelman admitted he can take nothing for granted with such a quality keeper desperate to take his place between the sticks.
"Alan is a quality keeper and has a lot of experience," he said. "He is a good guy, and whoever is playing will get the full support of the other.
"You need competition for places at any football club and the goalkeeping position is no different. It will be healthy for both of us but we know only one can play."
Enckelman pulled off a string of outstanding saves against Rangers to keep the scoreline at a respectable level, but he admitted that was scant consolation.
"The team lost and I conceded two goals," he said. "Maybe later on I can look back on my own performance, but it was a defeat and that is disappointing, especially in our first home game.
"But we played well for big parts of the match and we are judging ourselves against the team which won the league last season.
"We also have new players and some of them are only just here."