St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson says ‘nobody’ expects his side to make the Europa Conference League group stages – as he aims to keep players like Ali McCann, amid Celtic and EFL interest.

The summer transfer window shuts next week and several of his players have been linked with moves away from the Scottish Premiership club. Captain Jason Kerr, Jamie McCart and Shaun Rooney have all been linked with moves down south while Ali McCann has been scouted by Celtic. EFL clubs are also keen on the man rated at £3 million.

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McCann has shone but now the likes of Celtic and EFL outfits are keeping an eye on him. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Davidson says there are no concrete bids on the table for any of his players, but warns: “Things can change quickly in football. There’s nothing happening at the moment but we need to be prepared for anything. I am still looking to bring one more player in before the end of the window.”

There could be more business afoot in Perth if they beat LASK of Austria in their Europa Conference League play-off return leg tonight. After a 1-1 draw in the away leg, the League Cup and Scottish Cup holders could secure European group stage football – and up to £3 million – by beating their Austria visitors at McDiarmid Park.

 

Key playmaker David Wotherspoon is back from Covid-19 too, helping Davidson feel relaxed: “David didn’t really have any symptoms so he’s looking pretty good. He’s trained really well and it’s great that he’s back. We’ve definitely missed him because he’s got that bit of quality and composure on the ball that sometimes we need to get up the pitch.

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Wotherspoon is back. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“He can definitely be a big player for me. They’re a good team but we showed last week that we’re a good team as well, so we need to replicate that type of quality and energy in the second leg and hopefully we’ll make a game of it.

“I’m pretty relaxed about it. Nobody really expects us to win. We’ll have a big backing from our support so it’s more about enjoying it and making sure we play with confidence and courage. If we do that, I think we’ve got a chance.”

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