Half-and-half scarves are usually frowned upon in Scottish football culture – but you can hardly blame Patrick Cregg for wearing one this weekend.

His former teams, Hibs and St Johnstone, contest the Scottish Cup on Saturday. Cregg was brought to Hibs by John Hughes over 10 years ago before winning the Scottish Cup with St Johnstone in 2014, playing with both of this weekend’s managers, Jack Ross and Callum Davidson, in his career before coaching.

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Cregg is a former Saint and Hibee. (Photo By Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

There are players he’s friends with in both camps and Cregg told NTOF: “Stevie May and Liam Craig are two of my best friends in football, so I am rooting for them. I wouldn’t class Steven MacLean as a close friend but someone I have the utmost respect for. Darren McGregor is one of my close friends too, a great fella.

“I played with him at St Mirren. I want him to do well also. I played with Callum Davidson at St Johnstone and he also became assistant manager while I was there. Jack Ross and John Potter I played with at St Mirren. But two of my best friends are at St Johnstone and one of them is at Hibs. I wish them all the best.”

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Cregg – now an assistant manager at League of Ireland side St Patrick’s – has been to two cup finals, one with Falkirk and St Johnstone’s in 2014. He believes the pressure is on Hibs ahead of the 2021 showpiece, St Johnstone troubled by Covid-19 problems: “It was massive, the build-up in Perth. I got there with Falkirk as well and had a little previous with the final.

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Memorable day. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“But for so called provincial clubs, it’s massive. For players like myself who are not going to be in loads of finals, it’s huge. It was the same for a lot of the lads at the club. So I can’t imagine what it’s like to be going for the double. That would be surreal, what an accomplishment that would be for St Johnstone, it can’t be underestimated.

“That’s not to take away from Hibs getting to the final either, and the job that Jack has done. That shouldn’t be underestimated either. Finishing third in the Scottish Premiership and getting to a cup final is immense because there is huge pressure at that club.

“There will be more pressure on Hibs, it’s a bigger fanbase. St Johnstone will have pressure on them as they will want to win but from an external point of view, there’s more pressure on Hibs.”

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