Side with Saints at Tynecastle
Gareth Friel is keen to side with St Johnstone and Kris Boyd in this weekend's round of Scottish Premiership fixtures.
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Hearts knocked Edinburgh rivals Hibernian out of the League Cup on Wednesday night against all the odds to earn a much-needed semi-final pay day for the club.
On Saturday it's back to the bread and butter of the league where they sit bottom of the Premiership table and are 15 points from safety - the same scenario as at the start of the season.
Hearts haven't won in the league for over two months now and it's hard to see them changing that against St Johnstone at Tynecastle.
The win over Hibs will give everyone at the club a huge boost but the performance overall at Easter Road was pretty poor. Hibs should have been out of sight before Ryan Stevenson's stunning winner in the first half.
Also, boss Gary Locke kept all 11 players on the pitch for the full 90 minutes. They put in some amount of effort to grind out a victory and you wonder how the youngsters will cope with another game, this time with more pressure on to go for the win.
St Johnstone have yet to pick up three points away in the SPL but they won away to both Rosenborg and FC Minsk in the qualifying rounds for the Europa Leagu so they are more than capable of victory in Edinburgh.
The Perth side are 5/4 to win the game which seems fair.
Kris Boyd has been tipped for a Scotland recall after bagging six goals in 10 games for Kilmarnock so far this season.
He scored twice against Hearts last week as Killie moved up to 10th in the table.
The former Rangers striker is starting to look as sharp as he did in his days at Ibrox and there's no doubt he could do some real damage if he keeps that up.
Kilmarnock face Inverness in the Highlands on Saturday. Terry Butcher's men have gone off the boil in recent weeks although they progressed to the semi-finals of the League Cup by beating Dundee United in extra time on Tuesday night.
Boyd will fancy his chances of adding to his tally and as his previous spell in Scotland tells us, when he is hot, he is worth getting with.