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Saturday 16 December 2017

Saint Cillian happy to sit out Celtic tie

Cillian Sheridan has no complaints about being dropped despite being St Johnstone's matchwinner against Aberdeen on Tuesday night.

The Saints travel to Celtic on Saturday and the star is happy to take a back seat as part of his loan deal.

Sheridan has spent the last year on loan to Motherwell, Plymouth and now St Johnstone, but that doesn't make him feel any less of a Celt.

The striker said: "I wouldn't want to be playing against Celtic -- if I scored it could be a bit awkward.

"It's a pity to have got back in the St Johnstone team and scored and not now be able to play the next game, but I couldn't play against Celtic last season when I was on loan at Motherwell.

"I prefer it that way. I'll be there on Saturday watching, but I'm not sure who I'll be wanting to win."

The win against Aberdeen has given the newly promoted Saints the chance to target the top six and leave the relegation dogfight to others.

Sheridan added: "We want to take any chance we get to progress up the table.

"While beating Aberdeen didn't take us above anybody, we are now only three points behind Hearts.

"Overhauling them is the next target. It's good to be able to look forward rather than at what's happening behind us. Last year I missed out with Motherwell, who were clear of relegation. As a result the last five games, while not meaningless, we'd nothing to play for. I'd much rather have something riding on the closing weeks of the season."

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