Our recent form has not been impressive. Losing to the Old Firm, while disappointing, is not usually a disaster though and less said about the Kilmarnock game the better. We managed a decent half against Hibs but at this stage of the season one point from 12 is not really good enough regardless of circumstances.
St Johnstone's last time at Fir Park
Our large lead over Dundee United could well be reduced to zero by the time we kick off against St Johnstone and in that case the pressure really would be on. Alternatively, if United slip against Hearts we will know a win could open up a gap once more with just three games to play. St Johnstone, with both of the Old Firm still to come, will require something pretty special to clinch third and their loss at home to United may have them more worried about Hearts below them than those above. Their final hopes of third will vanish with anything less than a win here.
They will at least be boosted by the fact Craig and Morris will be back to strengthen the midfield but Millar is a doubt, Davidson not fully fit and Croft still absent. Sandaza is suspended from the attack but Riordan, Sheridan and Haber are good alternatives with the potential to pose us problems.
For us, we have a squad almost completely free of injury and suspension with Lasley and Jennings being reunited in the centre of the park. The bigger question is who will be in the attack with Murphy, Daley, Humphrey and Ojamaa all looking equally unimpressive recently. It is hard to see Higdon being dropped even though he is in desperate need of a goal as well.
This is a massive game for both sides and though we have failed on some big occasions we have won plenty of games. A big start is crucial and hopefully we will return to form with a bang and a 3-0 win.