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Raith v St Johnstone preview

Raith Rovers will be able to call on former St Johnstone midfielder Kevin Moon and defender Paul Watson for Saturday's Sky Live Scottish Cup tie at Stairs Park (kick-off 12.15pm).

However, striker Calum Elliot is a major doubt for the visit of St Johnstone in the lunchtime kick-off as Raith, who are without a league win in 10 games, look to continue their fine Cup run.

Manager Grant Murray will be hoping for a repeat of the form they showed in the impressive 3-2 win at Hibernian in the last round.

He said: "We're looking for a good performance this weekend because we do want to take a good performance into the league form. Saturday is different because it's a cup tie and cup ties are about being in the next round.

"First and foremost we want to play well, which gives you a chance, but at the end of the day cup football is cup football and it will never change."

Top-scorer Stevie May will lead the St Johnstone attack having not been risked on Scotland U21 duty in midweek due to a hamstring niggle.

Saints manager Tommy Wright said: "He probably wouldn't have been fit enough to take part (for Scotland). He's had a long season and the three or four days off would have done him no harm.

"To be honest, there would have been nothing I could do about it if he had played for Scotland because if he's deemed to be fit, he's deemed to be fit.

"It wouldn't matter what our game was this weekend, it was Scotland's decision. But I think they've made the right decision for both them and the player.

"It's a great opportunity for us and Raith to get into the semi-finals of the biggest cup competition in the country.

"We know Raith are going to work their socks off, we know they are going to fancy their chances and if we can match them in that department I think we've enough quality to hurt them."

St Johnstone, who have never played in a Scottish Cup final, lost out to Aberdeen in the semi-final of the League Cup last month.