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Callum Davidson: "I don't need to worry about team spirit, that's for sure"

Daily Record logoDaily Record 23/02/2021 23:30:00 Matthew Gallagher

There would normally be a team bonding cup final trip in the build-up to such an occasion.

The Scottish Cup class of 2014, for example, spent time resting and relaxing at the Dunkeld House Hotel ahead of their date with destiny.

No such booking can be made this year due to COVID-19 but manager Callum Davidson insists team spirit needs no boosting. It's already sky high.

Davidson said: "I want it to be exactly the same sort of training week. Energy levels are good and standards are high.

"If I thought we needed a boost, I'd probably try something different this week. But the way they're going about their business is first class and if we can carry that on we'll give ourselves a great opportunity of winning the trophy.

"The likelihood is that if we weren't in COVID times we'd have taken the team away like we did in 2014 but I don't need to worry about team spirit, that's for sure. Everybody's involved and part of it."

Perth Bridge has turned blue and white this week, while projected on a Mill Street wall is highlights of the semi-final win against Hibs.

"We know we're getting a lot of support," Davidson said. "It's massively important for us.

"A lot of the guys are on social media. I've seen a few things myself. It's great that people are behind us.

"We're absolutely gutted that we can't take our fans to Hampden but our focus is on winning the trophy and bringing it back to Perth for them."

Saints certainly head into this Sunday's spectacle in fine form and Davidson realises his team selection is not going to be easy. Among those who impressed in the 3-0 win away at Motherwell were Liam Craig and Callum Booth.

"Liam was great," said Davidson. "He's played really well since he's come back into the team. Liam and Callum are both very good players and very good pros.

"I could easily have put Scott Tanser back in but Callum played well against Celtic and I thought he deserved to keep his place. That gives me another problem for that position."

The Perth boss added: "We've asked the players to have conviction in both boxes. We're doing that and we're playing some really good football.

"Saturday was our best all-round performance of the season. I believed it was going to come.

"We've got a lot of young ones, mixed in with experienced pros who have been a big help to them. In terms of attitude, we were at a really high level.

"At the start of the season we weren't putting the ball in the back of the net but the other parts of the team were working well. That has obviously helped massively. We look a threat at set-plays now as well.

"For the league, we've got three league games before the split and when we get back to that we'll want to continue that run of form and see where it takes us."

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