MATCH PREVIEW: St. Johnstone

St. Johnstone versus MORTON

  Saturday 18 January 2020

McDiarmid Park, Perth

Kick-off 3:00pm


By Ewan Boyle

Scene Setter

It’s cup fever for Morton on Saturday as we continue our Scottish Cup campaign for the 2019/20 season with a trip to Scottish Premiership side St. Johnstone on the cards for the Ton.

After two wins on the trot, Morton seem to be on good form heading into the game and will hope to continue this in their second game of this season’s Scottish Cup.

This will be St. Johnstone’s opening match of this year’s Scottish Cup for them after entering the draw in the Fourth Round.

A winter break for St. Johnstone has meant there was no games played for the Saints since the 29th December which resulted in a 1-1 draw at home to Ross County.

Having only lost one game from their last six matches, the Saints are now in 9th place in the Ladbrokes Premiership and will face Morton for the first time since their friendly at the start of this season.

This will be the first time both sides have met competitively since Morton’s 3-1 defeat at Cappielow against the Saints in October of 2015 and both teams will be wanting to advance to the next round of this year’s Scottish Cup.

Head to Head

30 October 2013 – League Cup – Greenock Morton 0-1 St. Johnstone

27 October 2015 – League Cup – Greenock Morton 1-3 St. Johnstone

9 July 2019 – Friendly – Greenock Morton 2-3 St. Johnstone

Gaffer’s Thoughts

Speaking to, David Hopkin said: “I think most clubs in Scotland will want to go through this round in the Scottish Cup and we’re certainly one of them.

“Anything can happen in the cup and the boys are right up for the game on Saturday.

“In the match last Saturday, we put in a team performance against Dunfermline which saw us earn all three points so I’m hoping we can continue our performances like that.

“I thought in our game against Brora in the last round of the Scottish Cup we played well and we showed that we had a mentality to win away from home.

“After that game, we’ve kicked on and proved what we can do on the pitch so I hope we get a good travelling support on Saturday and make some noise up in Perth.”


Referee: Nick Walsh

Assistant one: Ralph Gordon

Assistant two: John McCrossan

Fan File

Admission prices are:

Adult | £20
Over 65s | £10
Child (13 – 18)^ | £5
Child (Under-12)* | Free

Adult Disasbled | £15

Adult Concession | £9

Find below what can be offered at McDiarmid Park for our disabled supporters who will be travelling to the match tomorrow:

An ‘at your seat’ catering service for supporters and their personal assistants using our wheelchair platforms

Audio descriptive commentary for partially sighted/blind supporters (may also benefit supporters with sensory requirements).  There will be a limited number of receivers available at the mach on Saturday.

A Sensory Toy Bag loan service

Large print menus at our kiosks

Assistance dogs welcome

Travel Instructions: McDiarmid Park is located in the north-west of the small city of Perth. The stadium is just over 2 miles from the city centre and rail station. From the city centre, take bus 1 or 2 to get to the stadium. Both lines are circular lines that go in opposite directions. Take the bus from Mill Street. The journey takes between 10 to 15 minutes, and buses generally leave every 10 minutes. Direct trains connect Perth with Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street station. The journey from Glasgow takes about an hour, that from Edinburgh 15 to 20 minutes longer.

Address: Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2SJ


Information for anyone travelling on the supporters buses to the match tomorrow is also as follows:

Port Glasgow Morton Supporters will be leaving the Sutherland Bar at 12:45pm.

Gourock Morton Supporters will be leaving the Royalle Club at 12:45pm with a cost of £12 for everyone.