St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson admits his side have a massive night ahead of them as they travel to Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Match Betting – Inverness 19/10, draw 15/8, St Johnstone 8/5) for the first leg of their Scottish Premiership promotion-relegation play off.

Last season was one of the best in the history of the Perth club as they won both the Scottish Cup and League Cup, earning a tilt at European qualification in the process.

The Saints were defeated by Galatasaray in qualification for the Europa League while Austrian side LASK Linz defeated them in the Conference League – St Johnstone falling one hurdle short of a place in the group stage.

However, this season has been completely different and now they are fighting for their lives.

Davidson’s men have spent the majority of the season in the bottom two and things looked bleak at the end of January following an eight-match losing run.

Results have picked up in the second half of the season and they avoided finishing bottom which would have resulted in automatic relegation.

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St Johnstone now face an Inverness side who are looking to become the first side to ever achieve promotion after three rounds of the play-offs.

After finishing the season third, Billy Dodds’ side faced fourth-placed Partick Thistle over two legs, winning 3-1 on aggregate before defeating second-placed Arbroath on penalties, after both legs had finished goalless.

Caley Thistle have been absent from the top flight since relegation in 2017 and are the outsiders for this tie (St Johnstone to win both halves & St Johnstone to take most corners in both halves – 40/1 – #PickYourPunt).

However, Davidson is not taking the challenge lightly and says his team must earn their Premiership status for next season.

“We have to finish the job we started in January,” the former Scotland international said. “We managed to stave off finishing 12th and now we have an opportunity to stay up. We will go out and have a go.

“It’s huge for the club. We don’t want to be in this position but St Johnstone don’t have the right to be in the Premiership.

“We work extremely hard to be there and we will do that on Friday night and Monday to make sure we give our supporters, the people of Perth and everyone who works here the chance to enjoy what comes with the Premiership.”

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