St Johnstone: Tommy Wright targets more Scottish Cup success

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright with the Scottish Cup
Tommy Wright gives the trophy a big hug after Saints 2-0 win over Dundee United at Celtic Park

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright says going into Saturday's Scottish Cup fourth round clash with Ross County as holders is a special feeling.

And that has given the Saints boss the appetite for another cup run.

"It doesn't give us any advantage but it has been nice to be known as Scottish Cup holders," said Wright, who led the Perth side to their first major silverware last season.

"And we want to continue that as long as possible."

St Johnstone are looking to repeat last week's 2-1 Premiership win over County at McDiarmid Park when they begin the defence of the trophy.

"We know it's going to be a difficult game and last week will have absolutely no bearing on it," added Wright.

"We have to start all over again and make sure the performance is right from the first whistle again. We are looking to have another cup run."

Steven Anderson and Steven MacLean were the scorers in last season's final
Steven Anderson and Steven MacLean were the scorers in last season's final

Wright has largely left the duties of showing the cup off to the community to former Saints striker Roddy Grant, who is now on the club staff as football development manager.

"I have done a few things but most of it has been Roddy Grant," Wright said. "He sleeps with it.

"The players have been about too. It's nice but our focus has got to be this season. What we did last season doesn't get you anything. That's the beauty of sport.

"We enjoyed the experience of winning the cup and I certainly want to experience that again."

St Johnstone v Ross County is one of five all-Premiership ties at the weekend, while the top two in the Championship also face top flight sides, with Hearts hosting Celtic and Rangers welcoming Kilmarnock to Ibrox.

BBC Scotland will broadcast live coverage of Dundee v Aberdeen on Saturday, with the match kicking off at 12:15 GMT.

Scottish Cup fourth round draw
St JohnstonevRoss County
St MirrenvInverness CT
Hurlford Utd or Stirling AlbionvRaith Rovers
Queen of the SouthvBrora Rangers
Elgin City or Bo'ness UtdvArbroath
SpartansvMorton or Airdrieonians
Berwick RangersvAlbion Rovers
AnnanvBrechin City
Ayr United or AlloavHibernian
MotherwellvDundee United
Partick ThistlevHamilton