St Johnstone’s Ali McCann is attracting interest from Celtic ahead of the Scottish Cup final – but 2014 winner Patrick Cregg reckons he’ll manage both with ease.
Cregg was part of the last St Johnstone side to win the trophy and they’ll aim for their first Scottish Cup trophy since 2014 against Hibs on Saturday. McCann was scouted by Celtic in 2020 and the Parkhead club were at the semi-final against St Mirren to watch him again.
2014 winner Cregg – who’s currently assistant manager at League of Ireland side St Patrick’s – has told NTOF that he reckons McCann can block out the noise to lift his second trophy of the season, St Johnstone having already won the League Cup: “That’s just part of football, isn’t it? I don’t think that’s a situation you have to manage.
“I’m sure Callum Davidson will be happy that there is interest because it shows he is doing extremely well. Ali McCann is one I know a bit about. He’s got good energy in the middle of the park, a good passer of the ball.
“He gets about the park really well and I have been really impressed with him. I actually played against him when I was at Montrose and he has really developed and put a stamp on that St Johnstone team. But Hibs have key players as well, Martin Boyle is a massive player for them.”
Cregg has several connections in this final, having played with both Hibs and St Johnstone and respective manager Jack Ross and Davidson. He expects a tight game: “I wish them all the best and what a day it is for everyone to be involved in. It’s a blessing to be part of something like that.”
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