St Johnstone Betfred Cup final places are still up for grabs, says Callum Davidson

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CALLUM DAVIDSON insists Betfred Cup final starting places are still up for grabs as St Johnstone travel to Motherwell tomorrow. 

Saints take on the Steelmen in the Scottish Premiership ahead of their league cup showdown with Livingston next week and the Perth manager is adamant that he has still not decided on his Hampden starting XI. 

Davidson says his McDiarmid Park squad are fully focussed on gaining three points in Lanarkshire before turning their attention to matters in the south side of Glasgow. 

“It is a funny question, quite a few people have asked me that. At the moment I would probably say that I haven’t put much thought into it,” Davidson responded to a question about his team selection. 

“I am very much looking at the next game coming up to see what we can do. After that game there might be players on Saturday who perform really well and I think I can’t leave them out.  

“Even Sunday night after the game I never really looked at my team for next week. I usually wait until Tuesday or Wednesday in the week before I start to make my mind up.  

“I look at certain things in games and what I think certain players can do. It is a difficult one. There will be places up for grabs.”  

Saints are currently seven points from the foot of the Premiership table, but on the other hand just four points away from a top six placing. 

Davidson is always keen to look upwards rather than down, but he knows his side need to ensure their top-flight safety first and foremost. 

He continued: “I am looking at three wins. Can we get three wins as quick as we can? That will put us in a stronger position and that starts on Saturday.  

“I know we are all talking about the cup final but to be honest it is not in my mind at the moment. It is probably a distraction for me, trying to get things organised.  

“We want to concentrate on this Saturday and how we go about our business. The league obviously gives you a better chance to play in these cup finals so we need to make sure we stay in the league.  

“We know it is a dog fight and I think the players have risen to the challenge over the past couple of months. We need to continue that until the end of the season.”  

Davidson will lock horns with his old pal Graham Alexander at Fir Park at the weekend as the pair go head-to-head for the first time since they moved into management. 

On the threat of Motherwell, Davidson said: “I think he still plays a similar formation. Whether he changes that after the result at the weekend I don’t know.  

“All I know with Graham is how he sets his team up. They will be very hard to play against and they work extremely hard. He was at places [Salford and Fleetwood] where he had to change things.  

“He is quite open minded that way and he wants to win games. We are both pretty similar in that respect and that is probably why we get on so well.  

“I will probably have a wee argument with him on the side-line after 3pm for about 90 minutes then after that we will shake hands and get on again.”

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