St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has touched on his club’s transfer plans ahead of a crucial game against Celtic on Wednesday.
The Northern Irishman had last week been fuming with his club’s inability to get anyone in. He claimed it had been the worst transfer window during his time at McDiarmid Park (Scottish Sun).
As things stand, Saints have lost key man Matthew Kennedy ahead of the contest, and had to switch to a 3-5-2 in their last game against Kilmarnock to compensate for their lack of competition down the flanks.
And, speaking to the BBC after a positive meeting with chairman Steve Brown, Wright suggested he wasn’t sure whether he would have players in for the Celtic game or not.
“People that know me, know that I have a wee rant every now and then. I have had a positive meeting with the chairman this morning. There is no divide so everything will hopefully fall into the place in the next few days.
“We are in talks with Inverness to try and get Jamie’s [McCart] pre-contract into a permanent one now, and there are discussions ongoing with other clubs at the minute. If it’s in time for the Celtic game that will be all the better but if not, we’ve got enough in terms of the starting XI and the subs to put a strong squad out.
“There are a few things happening, so hopefully later on in the week they will materialise, there are still a few days left in the window, and if we can get Jamie done and possibly two others, then that will put the squad back in a healthy position.”
Hopefully no surprises for Celts
It’s difficult to read Wright here. It seems as though he’ll be more hopeful than expectant when it comes to any deals happening before Wednesday night. From our perspective, hopefully any left-field surprises are kept to a minimum.
If Wright does manage to push Jamie McCart over the line, then Celtic should be more than aware of what he will offer. McCart came through the Celtic youth system and was the development squad’s captain for a period too.
The Saints boss will also have big concerns over right-winger Drey Wright, who came off against Kilmarnock with an injury and will miss the Celtic game (Evening Express). There isn’t an out-and-out replacement for him in Saints’ current squad. The fact they may not be able to replace him with a new signing gives the Saints boss yet another headache.
It would be extremely risky if Wright went to a 3-5-2 once again tomorrow night. If they flood the midfield and only have one player covering either flank, that could give the likes of James Forrest and Jonny Hayes plenty of room to exploit.
Of course, Celtic would fancy dealing with any potential signing St Johnstone manage to bring in. However, Hearts’ surprise additions before they faced Rangers helped give them an unexpected boost.
Weighing everything up, however, it doesn’t look as though they’ll be getting anyone in before then as time ticks down.