Hibernian v St Mirren A fortnight without a game has allowed Jack Ross to work intensively on the training pitch with his new charges after kicking off his reign with a 2-0 home defeat to Dundee United.
The former Alloa Athletic manager believes the time has been well spent as he has got to know his squad better and the 40-year-old insists the recent 2-1 victory at Easter Road in the Irn-Bru Cup means the Buddies should travel to Leith today with optimism as they bid to haul themselves off the foot of the Championship.
“I think, psychologically, it’s a good thing for us to have won there so recently,” Ross said.
“I’ve worked now with the players for a couple more weeks and I’m looking forward to seeing them in a match again. They’ve responded really well.” Dundee United v Falkirk Tope Obadeyi admits he’s flattered teams are paying him such close attention – but has vowed they’ll never snuff him out.
And the Dundee United winger is sure he can still get the upper hand as rivals Falkirk prepare to visit Tayside today.
“Maybe it’s a little compliment to myself. They might see my pace as a threat,” Obadeyi said of his markers. “On my game, I know I can cause problems. The best is still to come from me – 100 per cent. As a team as well. I feel that’s the case.”
He added: “With Falkirk, it’s probably going to be a bit more of an open game.
“If the game is open and freeflowing, that is more for me on the counter-attack.” Morton v Ayr United Michael Doyle is adamant there will be no Hampden hangover today as Morton aim to continue their surge up the Championship.
Jim Duffy’s men gave a good account of themselves in last weekend’s Betfred Cup semifinal against Aberdeen, holding firm before Adam Rooney broke the deadlock.
A late Kenny McLean strike added some gloss to the scoreline, but the former St Johnstone and Alloa defender reckons the Ton can take confidence from the match.
“The spirits were really high after the Aberdeen match,” Doyle said. “It has given us even more belief and we can only build on that.”