Callum Davidson hopes ‘so big’ Kelty clash can change Saints season

Callum Davidson sees Saturday’s Scottish Cup draw against Kelty Hearts as an opportunity for struggling St Johnstone to start changing their fortunes.

The Perth side – who won both domestic cups last season – have lost their last nine games in all competitions and are two points adrift of the Premiership cinch.

Although Davidson doesn’t expect an easy game against a Kelty side seven points clear at the top of League Two under Kevin Thomson, he believes the trip to Central Park represents a chance to stop the rot and build much-needed trust within their team.

He said: “It’s a huge game. We are starters and we want to put in a very good performance. With where we are in the league, there is pressure on the game. Kelty has nothing to lose. It will be a really difficult game for us, so we have to go there with the right attitude and professionalism.

“Kelty is a very good team. We played them last year in the cup, so we know how tough it will be. It’s a tight field but we’ve sold out our ticket allocation and are really looking forward to it.

“I really believe this could be an important game for our season. Obviously, we’re a bit lacking in confidence in front of goal, and we’re lacking in small things in other areas, so this game can help us turn things around.

“I consider this match as so important for our season. We have to go to them and make sure we get a result. We just want to win a game of football and give that confidence and momentum back to the team.

The Saints lost 2-0 at Hearts on Tuesday, but Davidson was buoyed by a scoreless first half.

He said: “I thought I saw signs of recovery against Hearts. In the first half I thought we were back to what I would call the old St Johnstone. Really tough to break down and also good in transition. There were a lot of positive things for me and once we have one or two more I think we will be even stronger.

The Saints have been linked with a move for Livingston striker Alan Forrest, but Davidson would not be drawn to any speculation regarding particular individuals. He remains hopeful of adding at least a few new faces before the transfer window closes.

He said: “I probably look at all areas: defenders, midfielders and forwards. I basically want players who can come and challenge the players who are here. We’ve been taken aback with injuries and Covid here and we need to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

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