Cregg understands Hughes
St Johnstone midfielder Paddy Cregg knows the loyalty and determination John Hughes will inspire in opponents Inverness having remained friends with his former boss.
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Cregg played under Hughes at Falkirk and Hibernian and has kept in touch with the Inverness manager despite being released by Hughes after his first season at Easter Road.
But the friendship will go out of the window when Caley Thistle visit McDiarmid Park on Saturday.
Cregg said: "John Hughes was very good to me. I'd class him a friend and I class him a very good man, and I'm glad he is back in football. He's a very good guy, but that goes out of the window on Saturday.
"He is very likeable and very fair and honest with you.
"I speak to him the odd time, just wishing him luck. And knowing when he was out of football, I would see how he was.
"He was very good to me over the years, so that's the way it is."
Cregg is determined to get victory as sixth-placed Saints look to close the gap on the Highlanders to three points.
"We finished third last season and we definitely want to finish in the top six again this season and Saturday is a great chance to close the gap on Inverness," Cregg said. "This is a game we feel we need to get three points from."
The Irishman added: "I have been in and out so I want to get in the team and stay in the team and do as well for the team as possible. That's my main objective now."