Semi-final Preview: All You Need to Know Ahead of St. Johnstone's Latest Trip to Hampden

St. Johnstone face Celtic in the Premier Sports Cup Semi-final at Hampden Park on Saturday, with Callum Davidson's side making a 5th trip to the national stadium of the calendar year.

[Bryson and Jota fight for the ball]


Here is all you need to know ahead of Saturday's game:


How do I Watch?


Saturday's game will be live on Premier Sports with coverage starting at 16:30. You can access this with a subscription to Premier Sports which you can do HERE.


However, I would definitely recommend that any Saints fans who can possibly attend do go to the game in person. The team deserves the support of the fans and who doesn't love a trip to Hampden? Sure we go in as underdogs but anything can happen in the cups - as shown last year.


Tickets are still available to purchase HERE and can be picked up from McDiarmid Park as late as 5 pm tomorrow.


Head-to-Head


It is well known that Saints don't have the best of records against Celtic and especially in recent years we have struggled against the side from the green half of Glasgow. Saints last defeated Celtic in 2016 however, we put some decent performances in against them last campaign and only narrowly lost 2-0 at Celtic Park a couple of weeks back.

[Gordon challenges with Jota]


In the cups previous records don't mean anything it's all about what happens on the day and there is no reason why St. Johnstone can't pull off a result on the weekend.


Team News


St. Johnstone


Glenn Middleton (hamstring) and Stevie May (knee) will both miss this one through injury, whilst Cammy MacPherson is cup-tied having played in the group stage of the competition for St. Mirren. James Brown is also a doubt.

[MacPherson tussles with Mikey Johnston]


However, Callum Davidson should have an otherwise full squad to choose from on Saturday - with Chris Kane's red card against St. Mirren not ruling him out of this one.


Predicted Line-up


Clark

Booth

McCart

Gordon (C)

Ambrose

Rooney

Davidson

Bryson

Wotherspoon

Kane

O'Halloran


Formation: 5-2-3/5-3-2


Celtic


Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou will be without defenders Car Starfelt (hamstring), Greg Taylor (shoulder), and Christopher Jullien (knee) as well as Tom Rogic (hamstring) and Karamoko Dembele (ankle).


Celtic have an otherwise full roster of players available, with no suspensions.


Predicted Line-up:


Hart

Ralston

Carter-Vickers

Welsh

Juranovic

Bitton

McGregor (C)

Turnbull

Jota

Abada

Furuhashi


Formation: 4-2-3-1/4-3-3


The referee for Saturday's game will be Nick Walsh.


Score Prediction: St. Johnstone 1-0 Celtic


Celtic are on incredible form at the moment and will be desperate to win on Saturday, they have plenty of quality in the squad and will definitely prove a tough mountain to climb for Saints.

[Jason Kerr lifts the Scottish Cup]


However, they aren't invincible St. Johnstone shouldn't be afraid on Saturday. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Callum Davidson's side proved last season that anything is possible, Saints love playing in the cups and if anyone can do it, we can.






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