Danny McNamara hasn’t played every minute in the build-up to St Johnstone’s huge League Cup match – but it hasn’t made the Millwall loanee any less eager for success.

The Saints face Dunfermline tonight in a League Cup quarter-final match at East End Park. McNamara has been a key figure for Callum Davidson since his move from Millwall on loan in the summer.

McNamara joined St Johnstone from Millwall.

McNamara joined St Johnstone from Millwall. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But he missed some of the group stage matches through Ireland U21s duties – yet he managed to keep up to date with action in the cup: “I made sure I was watching the games when I was away.

“Most of them were at night when I had a lot of free time. For our last group game (Peterhead) I had it on my phone as we were getting a flight over to Ireland. I was connecting to the plane’s wi-fi. We were with British Airways. It was class.”

St Johnstone’s unbeaten run of 11 matches was ended by Livingston prior to this evening’s meeting. But regardless of that, the Millwall loanee says his side are excited about the chance to go to a semi-final.

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Excitement building. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group / Getty Images)

“For me personally this is a big deal. I’ve never been involved at this stage of a cup competition,” said McNamara. “It’s a massive incentive to get to a semi-final and play at Hampden Park. That would be a great experience.

 

“Dunfermline will be decent and it’s a one-off game but if you can’t be up for a game like this you never will be. We had a good unbeaten run and there’s no reason why we can’t do that again.

“Everyone wants to play at Hampden so we need to try and win to get there. You want to go as far as you can in the cup and getting this far is class.”

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