Jackson Irvine is happy to continue his learning curve at Kilmarnock after recovering from a harsh introduction to the Scottish Premiership.

The Celtic player recently extended his loan spell until the end of the season after maturing in the high-pressure environment of Rugby Park.

The Australian made a costly blunder at Fir Park in August when his fresh-air swipe allowed John Sutton to net a winner for Motherwell but he learned quickly from the error.

The 20-year-old said: "I wanted to stay and keep trying to play every week and keep growing as a player.

"In terms of playing games, there's lots of things you learn. You deal with criticism, not just from the press but the fans.

"Obviously, I had my blunder against Motherwell at the start of the season.

"If I did that in an Under-20s game it would have gone unnoticed, but when you make a mistake here you get punished for it.

"You don't want to disappoint the fans and the team-mates.

"It's a different level of pressure and that's just as important as the technical side of the game, learning to deal with that on the park."

"Luckily enough I haven't had anything like that again.

"The experienced players told me not to dwell on it because you will be nervous. That's how you learn - put it out your mind."