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‘WE’LL NEED MAGIC TO BEAT CELTIC,’ SAINTS BOSS

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ST JOHNSTONE boss Tommy Wright is aware of what it will take to beat Celtic at Parkhead on Wednesday night – a piece of magic!
The Perth outfit won in Glasgow in March 2015 after Danny Swanson hit an unbelievable first-time 30-yarder past Craig Gordon into the roof of the net for the only goal of the game.
Wright senses another piece of brilliance will be required to become the first Scottish club to beat Brendan Rodgers’ team in this campaign.

He said: “The level of their performances has been so consistent and high, I don’t think anyone can wait and just expect them to just turn up and have a really bad day.

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“And even if they have a bad day you have still got to play well, because they have so many good players throughout their squad.
“If you look at the players on the bench who can come on. Leigh Griffiths is injured and Tom Rogic, as well, and they have still got an incredibly big squad of quality players.

“So, I don’t think you can wait for them to slip up, you have got to make sure that you do the basics well and you probably need that little bit of quality to get you a positive result.

“While you know the opposition will have the upper hand in terms of possession, we know we are good at things that can nullify teams and make it difficult for them to create opportunities.

“We have done it often enough and because we have done it often enough there is that belief in each other that we can go and do the job.”

Murray Davidson will be back in the squad after missing Saturday’s Scottish Cup win over Stenhousemuir through illness, but Richard Foster is suspended.

Former Dundee United and St Mirren right-back Keith Watson will retain his place in order to make his first league appearance for Saints six months after suffering a thigh injury on his competitive debut in the Betfred League Cup.

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