St Johnstone’s David Wotherspoon says that his side are heading into today’s match against Celtic with every belief they can cause a cup shock.
The Perthshire Saints take on a Celtic side who have won the last ten domestic trophies. It’s a relentless run and now it’s Tommy Wright’s side who have the task of ending that streak during a Scottish Cup quarter final.
On the back of a decent run, Wotherspoon says that his side head into this match with plenty of confidence, although they are well aware of the challenge that lies in wait for them.
“We’re all really excited. It’s a good run we’ve been on and it’s nice having a wee break from league duties and playing in the Scottish Cup,” Wotherspoon told St Johnstone’s website. “The boys have done really well recently. The performances have been good and we’re picking up results.
“We’re all going into the game full of confidence and we’re looking forward to it. Winning the competition was massive for the Club and the players involved and we want that feeling again. I think every St. Johnstone fan and the people of Perth would love to see it happen.
“We know we’re capable if we play well. We have to perform to our best because we know how good a side Celtic are. To win silverware you have to beat the best teams in Scotland and that’s what we’ll be looking to do on Sunday.”
Improving on their last meeting
St Johnstone are on a decent run ahead of this cup quarter final, losing just twice in their last 15 outings. One of those though was a pretty convincing defeat to today’s opponents Celtic.
Lennon’s side were up 3-0 at half time, dominating the first half in Perth before coasting over the line during a second half of little action. Wright’s side were blown away and a repeat must be avoided.
The McDiarmid Park side last won the competition in 2014, an experience Wotherspoon got to be a part of. It would be some achievement to return to the Hampden for the first time since that famous year.
But a big Celtic test stands in front of them first before they can dream any further.