26th July 2016

Saints kick off their Co-operative Insurance Cup campaign tomorrow

Having picked up three points on the opening day of the league season, attention now turns to the Co-operative Insurance Cup and Saints have an away first round tie against Stenhousemuir tomorrow night.

The good news is that Steven Milne (pictured) should be available having recovered from the injury picked up in the opening game at Dingwall and when Manager Derek McInnes spoke to the Saints Official Website this morning he was quick to stress that tomorrow night’s team selection will not be influenced by the fact that the Stenhousemuir play on an artificial surface.

“I want us to do well in this competition and tomorrow’s game is too important to the club not to field my strongest team. I know I didn’t risk people like Martin Hardie and Kevin James on Montrose’s artificial surface but that was a friendly and those games are about managing boys through their fitness. Tomorrow night is the League Cup and we want to progress.”

As well as the news that Steven Milne will be fit, the manager also confirmed that Alan Main returned to training today although the trip to Larbert will come too soon for him to be considered. However, Collin Samuel may well be absent having felt his hamstring tighten in the opening ten minutes of the win over Livingston, an injury that led his substitution at half-time.

The management team has had Stenhousemuir watched twice and Derek says, “The reports indicate that Stenny are lively in possession and create a lot of chances and they will be pleased with their opening 3-0 win. We are not familiar with their playing surface but we know their strengths and weaknesses as a team and we will go about imposing ourselves on the game. The cup competitions have been good to us in the past couple of years and I would like that to continue.”

Tomorrow’s game kicks-off at 7.30pm.

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