St Johnstone star Liam Craig has told his teammates to make the most of the opportunity to play in the Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

The Saints take on Hibernian this afternoon with a place in the final against either St Mirren or Livingston on the line.

Craig thinks that his teammates will be able to handle the magnitude of the occasion though, and will perform on the day.

“Young, talented squad”

“We’ve got a young, talented squad, but you have to recognise these opportunities might not come along again” he said (The Courier).

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St Johnstone’s Liam Craig (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“It is important we realise how important this game is and the opportunity we have here. The other semi-finalists will all be thinking the same” Craig went on.

Big opportunity in tournament

The opportunity is certainly there for the four remaining teams as it is a rare semi-final line-up that sees neither Celtic or Rangers involved.

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Liam Craig celebrates a St Johnstone goal (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Craig has no doubts that the players in the St Johnstone squad will be able to handle what will be the biggest game of their career for some of them.

“We have to make sure we give it everything and come off the park with no regrets. Given the way we have performed this year I can’t see us freezing. The young boys will take it in their stride” Craig concluded.

Hibernian are likely favourites for the game as they are currently 17 points clear of the Saints in the Premiership table. However, anything can happen in the cup and Craig sounds confident that Callum Davidson’s side will perform at Hampden Park.

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