Morton striker Peter MacDonald assesses the strikers of each team in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals
Hibernian v St Johnstone
He’s cocky but he knows how to back it up. His finish at Ibrox a couple of weeks ago was top notch. You could see the keeper was making himself big but just to compose himself and lift it over the goalkeeper – he should have actually got more recognition for that goal than what he did. It was different class.
I played against him at the start of the season he came on as a sub and scored! He can be one of those players who doesn’t do a lot for 60 minutes then pops up and scores a 30 yarder and a tap-in and win the game 2-0. He works hard, making runs into the channels which is also makes it tough for the defender. He’s got the potential to go to the top.
Stokesy is different class. He shouldn’t be playing in the Championship but he’s at that stage of his career just now where he has got to get games and he obviously thought Hibs was his best bet to do that.
People say he’s not the fastest but he’s a yard ahead in his head which can sometimes counteract speed. He’s got a 30-yard strike in him, a lovely wee chip in him and a nice placed finish he’s got the lot but what he also has is a link up to bring others into the game.
This is a platform for Stokes to prove to Celtic that he has still got it.
They’ve got a great chance especially with those two in the team. MacLean on his day is one of the best strikers in the league.
I played with Stevie at Rangers as a kid and he’s different class. His hold-up play is top notch. He’s had injuries through the years but he’s always a goal threat.
With O’Halloran he’s got pace to burn, he’s a great finisher as well on his day but those two up front will definitely cause Hibs problems.
I think Hibs will have to worry about him and put the emphasis on stopping him getting the ball into MacLean. Experience is massive in these games and St Johnstone have plenty of that in recent history.
Ross County v Celtic
If he’s fit he will be a massive boost. If you look at the four teams they all have goalscorers and Boyce is a goal machine but he’s also a very intelligent player; he’ll hold the ball up and bring others into play, he’ll work hard.
It will be difficult coming back into the game of that magnitude when you’re sidelined for a while but the adrenaline will get you through it.
You probably tire after an hour but the adrenaline gets you through the rest. Boyce wouldn’t be too bad a bet to have as first goalscorer.
It’ll be tough but Macca will have them well drilled and organised and as the game progresses you’re always in with a shout but if Boyce is back and Curran then I don’t see why not.
Sparky is lethal right foot, left foot or in the air I don’t know where would be without him to be honest. He’s got a 40-yarder in his locker. He scores all types of goals and is at the top of his game just now. Celtic would be struggling without him, with all the important goals he’s scored.
The way the season is going and I can’t see him stopping. There’s no reason why he can’t get 40 goals playing in a team of Celtic’s calibre. Chances are always going to come his way but he has that ability to create chances out of nothing.
I played against him when he was at Livi when I was at St Johnstone even then you could see he was going to be a top prospect and Dundee snapped him up fairly quickly.