St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson has disclosed that the Betfred Cup Final isn’t a distraction for him – as he isn’t thinking about it yet.
The Saints take on Livingston next Sunday with a chance to win their first cup since 2014. However, Davidson is only thinking about this weekend’s league game against Motherwell.
Indeed, Davidson wants his players to give it all at Fir Park, as Premiership survival is the main goal, and not hold back with the cup final in mind.
“Most important thing”
“We are in the middle of a fight for survival and top six. That is the most important thing in my mind at the moment, and it should be in the players’ minds as well. We want three points this weekend” he said.
The Saint boss went on to state that any player who does not give 100% at Fir Park could lose their place in the squad for the cup final.
“Purely to win on Saturday”
“It won’t be a team selection with Hampden in mind. It will be a team selection purely to win the game on Saturday. And after that we’ll see who’s available, who’s fit.
“Only then will I look at a team to win the game next Sunday. If anyone does hold back on Saturday then they will have less chance of playing the following weekend” Davidson concluded.
St Johnstone go into the game against Motherwell in eighth place in the Premiership, six points ahead of the relegation play-off places. They are also four points behind sixth placed St Mirren, so Davidson’s attitude about the Motherwell game seems understandable.