The Scotsman : 2019-05-11

WEEKEND SPORT : 55 : 3

WEEKEND SPORT

3 THE SCOTSMAN Saturday 11 May 2019 SCOTSMAN. COM @ THESCOTSMA­N Ladbrokes Premiershi­p Mcdiarmid Park Today, 3pm Updates on BBC Radio Scotland GAVIN MCCAFFERTY By Tommy Wright i s motivated by pride more than prize money as St Johns t one l o ok t o wrap up seventh place in the Ladbrokes Premiershi­p. Around £ 60,000 i s at s t a k e a s S a i n t s b i d t o extend their one- point lead over Motherwell to four with a game to spare when the Steelmen visit Perth today. And while that cash could come in handy during the summer transfer window, Wright is mainly concerned with reversing last season’s placings with the Lanarkshir­e side, who pipped them to seventh in 2017- 18. “It’s simple. We win the game and we are guaranteed seventh and that’s the incentive for the players, to finish it off,” the Saints manager said. “The money is one part of it and it benefits the club, but when the split comes the motivation should be to finish best of the rest if you can. I know it’s little consolatio­n in terms of not playing in the top six and pushing for Europe, but it’s still something to aim for and something we can achieve.” Me a nwh i l e , S t e p h e n Robinson will not t ake any departures personally as he braces himself for another “big rebuilding job” at Motherwell. The Northern Irishman knows he will start next s eason without winger Jake Hastie who has signed a pre- contract with Rangers. Doncaster have been l i nked with midfiel der Chris Cadden, with Aberdeen reportedly lining up a move for striker Curtis Main, who is also out of contract at the end of the season. Robinson said: “It is very difficult. We have offered a lot of players contracts and they are getting a lot of offers as they are entitled to do from other clubs. “It is extremely frustratin­g but I don’t begrudge anybody. That’s football. “When I started managing I took it personally. But it’s not. It’s boys looking after themselves and their families.” FEAR FACTOR 0 Alfredo

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