Ali McCann and Jason Kerr’s exits to Preston North End and Wigan Athletic have handed St Johnstone players the chance to ‘step forward,’ says manager Callum Davidson.

McCann moved to Preston at the end of Deadline Day as captain Kerr moved to Wigan just before his midfield teammate’s transfer to the EFL was confirmed. Davidson added three players on the final day of the transfer window, Ali Crawford, Cammy MacPherson and Lars Dendoncker, and now thinks strength in depth is something Saints have.

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McCann is off to Preston. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

But ahead of a Scottish Premiership match with Rangers, Davidson said: “Ali and Jason were very important players for us but probably, strength and depth, we are a little bit stronger. It is now up to players, there are two places up for grabs in the team so people really need to step forward and try to take that place.

“That’s the thing I am going to use with them. They will have to perform to a level where Ali and Jason got to so it is up to them to go and do that. If I was a player not playing, it would be a great opportunity for me to say, ‘here I am, I want to play gaffer, I am desperate to play’, not by words, more by actions, what they do on the pitch.

“So players over the next couple of weeks will get an opportunity to try and get a place in the team.”

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