St Johnstone star Michael O’Halloran is ready to shoulder the burden of leading the line for Callum Davidson’s side after the Saints were left without Chris Kane, Stevie May, David Wotherspoon and Glenn Middleton for this weekend’s clash with Hibs.

May, Middleton and Wotherspoon are all out injured while Kane is suspended for the McDiarmid Park clash with the Hibees and O’Halloran is confident there is still a goal threat in the St Johnstone side.

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New signing Viv Solomon-Otabor is likely to be involved by O’Halloran knows the pressure is on established players like himself to make the difference for the Saints.

“As one of the forward players, the onus is on me to create and score goals but as a team collectively we’ve got plenty players in there who can pop up with a goal or create something,” O’Halloran said.

“The players who are out are obviously a big loss for us but we’ve got players who are more than capable of stepping up.

“We’ve not got a big squad but we’ve got a lot of boys who can come in and they know their role. The gaffer’s obviously drilled a system into us so no matter who plays, we know what we’re expected to do when we play.”

Currently ninth in the Premiership, a win at McDiarmid Park this weekend would take Callum Davidson’s team above the Hibees, as well as extending the Easter Road side’s losing run in the league to six games –  and could even push them into the top six if St Mirren and Aberdeen both drop points at Hearts and Celtic, respectively.

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