SCOTT McDonald is relishing the challenge of becoming Millwall's top scorer this season – and bettering his goal tally of 13 from last season.
The new Lions striker, signed on a free transfer from Middlesbrough, has scored one goal in every three games throughout his career – and knows there will be big pressure on him to continue that record at The Den.
But the Australian international has shrugged off the expectation on his shoulders and tipped Steve Lomas' side to be one of the strongest attacking forces in the Championship.
“Pressure does not bother me," he said. "I came to Middlesbrough with a high fee, and everything that came with it, and there was pressure there when the club was spending a lot of money. That's part of your job – you take it on board and deal with it.
"I will be aiming for more than 13 goals this season. Everyone says I scored a good amount last year but I am so used to scoring that many up in Scotland for Celtic that I will be disappointed if I don't get more.
"If I can pick up from where I left off, I am sure this can be another successful season for me. That’s not to say I won’t have to work hard because we’ve got some quality strikers here already in Jermaine Easter, Andy Keogh and Steve Morison.
"Competition for places is going to be tough but that will bring out the best in all of us.
"We've got the ammunition and the people to provide – when Chris Wood was here last year, he was scoring plenty of goals. That shows that the team is keen to put the ball in the box and get people on the end of things.
"We didn't really have that style of play at Boro, but I believe the forward players can thrive here. I think that makes us strong contenders in the division."
McDonald is set to feature in Paul Robinson's testimonial match against Rayo Vallecano at The Den on Saturday (kick-off 3pm), which will also be Lomas' first home game in charge.
Lomas said: "We're hoping that we can get some of the lads through 90 minutes, but it's not as straightforward as that. We had a training game on Tuesday and we've got another one lined up next week for the boys who are catching up on their fitness.
"I want to win every game but the most important thing is we get another run out leading up to Yeovil on August 3. We want everybody to be fit and healthy – that's the main objective. In pre-season, you can't get too carried away whether you win or lose."