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Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Cameron Harper says pressure is all on St Johnstone for play-off

By Andrew Henderson

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Cameron Harper believes the pressure will be almost entirely on St Johnstone in the Premiership play-off final.

Cameron Harper. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Cameron Harper. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Last season’s double cup winners have had a poor campaign, finishing 11th in the top flight making them fight for survival.

Caley Thistle, meanwhile, have had to make it through two rounds already just to get to this point.

Generally speaking, Premiership teams are favoured to defeat Championship outfits, and although there have been several instances of the opposite happening in play-off finals, Harper feels that could work in ICT’s favour.

“I would say the pressure is on them,” Inverness academy graduate Harper, now 20, explained.

“Obviously they’re in the Premiership, they’re meant to be up there compared to us down here.

“I would say it’s 100 per cent on them. Everyone expects the Premiership team to beat the Championship team, but who knows. We’ll wait and see.

“They won the two cups last year, and they are the Premiership team.

“Everyone will be expecting them to win the game if we’re being honest.

“We’re confident in our own ability, and we know what we have to do on Friday and Monday. We’re focusing on ourselves, and we know we can get the job done.”

On a personal note, it would be a significant milestone for Harper to help his boyhood club back into the Premiership.

“Promotion would be huge for all of us – the fans, the club, everyone around the city,” he said.

“For the younger players as well, me, Roddy (MacGregor) and Dan (MacKay) who has moved on, we used to watch Premiership games after our youth games.

“It was all we had known, so myself, all the younger boys and all the older ones all want to get back in the Premiership.”

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