Callum Davidson determined to book Hampden semi-final spot for supporters

Callum Davidson hopes St Johnstone will once again rise to the occasion to set up a memorable Hampden trip for supporters.

The Perth club starred on the grandest of stages last season to win both the Scottish and League Cups.

Already, another trip to the national stadium is within touching distance.

Saints make the short trip to Dens Park on Wednesday night to face local rivals Dundee in the quarter-final of the League Cup.

And manager Davidson said: “It’s a great game, isn’t it. It’s a quarter-final to get us into another semi.

“That’s how I look at it but I know it’s a bit different for our fans. It will be a great atmosphere.

“The players know how to win these games – hopefully that will be a benefit.

“We’re a match for anyone in cup competitions but we can’t just expect to win. We need to turn up on the night.

“Dundee are very good going forward but we need to limit their chances and do the right things ourselves.

“I’m sure they’ll brush aside Sunday’s defeat pretty quickly.

“We’re enjoying seeing ourselves as the holders and we’re one game away from Hampden again. I certainly don’t see that as pressure.

“We got there four times last season – it’s about can we do it again and get our fans there now?”

Saints have been assessing the back injury that Murray Davidson picked up in Saturday’s 1-0 victory against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

“He got a bad knock to his back and he’s been on painkillers since,” Davidson confirmed. “We’ll need to assess how quickly it settles down.

“We’ll give him as long as possible to recover for Wednesday.

“Cammy MacPherson and Craig Bryson are running again, which is good news.

“Liam Gordon gets a scan today on his knee so fingers crossed that gives us more good news.”

Stevie May had netted the weekend winner against the Dons and Davidson is backing the Perth striker to build on it.

Davidson said: “If anything he works too hard for the rest of the team.

“I’m not complaining but we want to see him working within the width of the box.

“When Stevie gets in those areas he can drive at defenders, shoot and create chances for others.

“When you look back at the season he scored all those goals he was shooting from everywhere.

“It’s not just him – we want all our players taking on more shots. It’s about being positive in the final third.

“Hopefully this is the start of a wee run for Stevie.”

Meanwhile, Davidson was delighted to see fellow Perth club Jeanfield Swifts advance in the Scottish Cup over the weekend.

Davidson, who was on hand to make the second round draw, pulled Swifts out of the pot alongside League Two Annan Athletic.

“I was delighted to see their name in the hat for the draw,” he said.

“I think I gave them a tough tie – it was an easier one in the pre-draw!

“They’ve done brilliantly to get to this stage and will give it real go down at Annan, I’m sure.

“It’s great for Perth to have another team still in the competition. Hopefully they enjoy the occasion.

“As we know, special things can happen in the Scottish Cup.”

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