The last time St Johnstone won a trophy – the 2014 Scottish Cup – the team was captained by Steven MacLean. MacLean is currently assistant manager at the Perth club, and this weekend he will be involved in another big cup clash.
On Saturday, St Johnstone take on Hibernian in the Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden. One player that McLean has tipped to make a big impact in the game is striker Guy Melamed.
Started last few games
The forward has overcome a slow start to his career in Perth and has started the last few games for Callum Davidson’s side. MacLean believes Hibernian will be wary of facing the 28-year-old, as he is improving all the time.
“The fitter he’s got you have seen it because the sharper you get the ability comes through” he said (The Courier).
“He started against Dundee United, did really well and when he came in the next day for training you could see him kick on a bit again. So he’s building it up and getting there all the time.
“A big asset”
“Hibs will be aware of Guy. He’s played against them this season, and they’ll have done their homework. But he’s much sharper and fitter than he was then. So I’m sure this weekend he’ll be a big asset to us” he concluded.
Melamed has started three games for St Johnstone this season. The first of those was against Hibernian. In his last two games for the Perth side he has one goal and one assist. If that form continues at Hampden, he could have a big say in who reaches the cup final.