"I'm gutted"; St Johnstone rocked by double blow ahead of Celtic, Davidson speaks

By John McGinley

November 19, 2021

St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson has admitted he is ‘gutted’ after receiving two attacking injury blows in the build-up to tomorrow’s semi-final clash against Celtic.

Neither Stevie May nor on-loan Rangers man Glenn Middleton will be available for the match against the Bhoys at Hampden.

St Johnstone are looking to defend the trophy they won last season and know it’ll be a tough match against Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic.

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Discussing the injury blows this week, Davidson told BT Sport: “Stevie suffered a knee injury in training so he’s going to be out for a while, probably up until Christmas. That’s a blow for us because we want good competition for places and he’s someone who either plays with energy or comes off the bench with energy.

“He’s going to be sorely missed. I’m gutted to lose him because he was just coming into a bit of form.”

Meanwhile, the Saints boss has recently confirmed Middleton will be out to the Dundee Courier: “Glenn will be out on Saturday. He’s tweaked his hamstring. We’ll need to find out how bad it is.

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“It’s not that long ago we were struggling with defenders and I had loads of attackers. Now it’s the other way around.”

Davidson would go on to cite Eetu Vertainan, Ali Crawford, Michael O’Halloran and David Wotherspoon as players who could feature in attacking positions for the Perth side at the national stadium.

Celtic, of course, will be entirely focused on their own performance and not what’s happening at St Johnstone. However, fewer options for the opposition manager is good for the Bhoys heading into the fixture.

With the majority of fans inside Hampden in green and white, Celtic in good form and the squad in solid shape fitness-wise, tomorrow should be a positive one for the Bhoys.

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