Plenty of incentives for Millar

St Johnstone have all the incentive they need for their Scottish Premiership clash with Dundee United according to midfielder Chris Millar.

Revitalised Saints, unbeaten in their last three games, are in sixth place in the table, two points behind their Tayside rivals whose scintillating early-season form has dipped.

Jackie McNamara's men are without a win in six matches, including a 3-0 reversal against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on December 29.

Millar believes the evening is set up for the Saints to continue their good form and leapfrog United.

"Our form had dipped but we have worked hard to take seven points from nine and if we could make it 10 out of 12 that would be great," the 30-year-old told Press Association Sport.

"There is also the incentive to go above them and put us in a good place before the League Cup semi-final against Aberdeen next week.

"When you are on a bad run it is sometimes hard to get out of it.

"But United are a young side and they are going to be inconsistent at times.

"The next game you play gives you the chance to end that poor run and I am sure that is what the manager will be saying that to them.

"Before their bad run started, they were on fire, scoring four goals at a time and they scored four against us earlier in the season so they are capable of scoring goals.

"But we can take a lot of confidence from the 3-0 win over them.

"They got a man sent off but sometimes it is hard to play against 10 men.

"I was injured that day and watched the game but we played well."

Millar is excited about the prospect of striker Chris Iwelumo making his St Johnstone debut.

The 35-year-old agreed a deal with the Perth club until the end of the season after being released by Scunthorpe this month

The former Morton player said: "People talk about his age but I don't see it that way.

"He has scored over 100 goals in his career.

"He has experience, he will take the pressure off Stevie May to score goals and with Steven McLean out, he gives us a different option.

"He is big, and strong, physical and so he will add a different dimension to the team."