MICHAEL O’HALLORAN reckons St Johnstone have enough firepower to cope with the departure of Aberdeen-bound Matty Kennedy.

The in-demand winger has agreed a pre-contract with the Dons, despite Hearts entering the race, according to a report in the Courier.

Derek McInnes may follow that up with an attempt to take Kennedy to Pittodrie before the end of the month.

O’Halloran said: “First of all, it would be disappointing to lose a player of Matty’s quality.

“You want as many of them at the club as possible. But the manager has got plenty of options in wide areas and if the club decides he can go then we’ll get on with it as a team.

“I’m looking forward to this second half of the season.

“There was a busy spell of games when I came here this time last year, but I’m much fitter than I was then and I’m raring to go. I’m desperate to play as many games as I can.”

Before the Premiership resumes, Saints are in Scottish Cup action against Morton and the Perth outfit are anxious not to repeat an early Cup Betfred exit.

The former Rangers forward added: “We were so disappointed to go out in the Betfred. That was a group we should have won.

“We probably owe the fans in the Scottish Cup. It was a poor start and then taking that form into the league.

“We were losing games that we shouldn’t have been losing. It came from losing silly goals as a team.

“But after we got our first win we picked up and the second part of it we did well. We were on a decent run before the break.”



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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