MURRAY DAVIDSON insists St Johnstone could have put real pressure on Celtic on Sunday – if former Hoops striker Tony Watt had taken “a sore one”.
With the game balanced at 0-0, the Saints frontman found himself in a great position at the back post as a left-wing cross from Matty Kennedy drifted into the champions’ penalty area.
However, Watt failed to make contact and the visitors sighed with relief before James Forrest put them ahead 12 minutes from the end and substitute Timothy Weah claimed the second shortly afterwards.
The victory maintained Brendan Rodgers’ team’s position at the pinnacle of the Premiership, six points clear of nearest challengers Rangers.
But Perth midfielder Davidson reckons it could have been a vastly different story if the Saints had taken their chances.
The McDiarmid Park outfit went into the weekend encounter following their 2-0 reverse at Parkhead four days earlier.
CRUNCH…Murray Davidson flies into a tackle on Celtic skipper Scott Brown. Pic: Geo.
Davidson said: “It was extremely frustrating. It was a completely different feel to Wednesday night when we didn’t really lay a glove on them, but on Sunday we were in the game.
“We worked on trying to get higher up the pitch, keeping the ball better and on being more of a threat when we got the ball. I thought in the first-half we got into some good areas.
“Matty Kennedy had a chance, Tony had a great chance in the second-half if he had gone to head it.
“I thought he was going to score. I said that to him after the game. It was six yards out, if he heads it we score. He said he thought he was beyond the post. At the time I just felt he could have flung himself at it and taken a sore one.
“But those are the fine margins. If that goes in you have got something to hold onto. It could have been a different story, but it wasn’t to be.”
The Saints travel to Parkhead on Sunday for their Scottish Cup last-16 confrontation with the holders on Sunday – their third game in 12 days against the Hoops.