KEVIN McDonald, the Sheffield United midfielder, last night vowed to put collective glory before personal gain as the battle for promotion from League One approaches endgame.
McDonald, arguably the most creative member of Danny Wilson’s squad, has been challenged to improve his return in front of goal after hitting the target only once since August.
But the former Scotland under-21 international said: “If there’s a chance, then I’ll shoot. If not then I’ll pass the ball.
“If I think that’s the better option then that’s what I’m going to do no matter if there are 17,000 people screaming at me to do something else.
“It’s important to make the right choices. Of course I want to get more but the manager knows that I’m not going to just start ‘having a go’ for the sake of it because that wouldn’t be the right thing to do.”
McDonald, acknowledging he has felt “a marked man” by opposition teams this season, was speaking ahead of tonight’s visit to Crewe Alexandra.
United travel to Gresty Road ranked second; three points behind Doncaster Rovers and two ahead of Swindon Town in the third.
McDonald insisted the arrival of compatriot Barry Robson at Bramall Lane could prove a master-stroke at such a crucial stage of the campaign.
Robson, previously of Celtic and Middlesbrough, signed a short-term contract with United during the recent transfer window after leaving Vancouver Whitecaps and McDonald said: “Robbo has given everyone a boost. He’s a big talker out there on the pitch. He’s a big moaner too.
“But, joking aside, he’s a class act and he’s got lots of experience. He’s been in so many big games before and he knows what to do.
“The biggest thing, though, is that he’s settled in straight away and fitted right in. That’s because he’s a good fella and, more importantly for us, a quality player.”