The Betfred Cup might start too soon for some managers but not St Johnstone’s Tommy Wright.
Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke raised concerns over the early opening to the campaign but Wright is desperate for the competitive action to start as he prepares to welcome East Fife to McDiarmid Park on Saturday.
The Perth side started their previous season on June 29 last year so Wright is itching to get going.
“We’ve worked hard over the past three weeks and you always want to get that first competitive game under your belt,” he told his club’s official website.
“So it’s nice with the new format of the League Cup that you get competitive football a lot earlier and I think the boys are in a good place right now to get started.
“They got a little bit of extra time off compared to last year – when the majority of the players only had about 19 days – so they’re feeling refreshed.
“We also managed to get our training camp in Austria which was absolutely fantastic. The pitches, facilities, and the setting were first-class.
“The players had a hard shift out there but also a very enjoyable time because it really was a lovely place to train each day.”
Wright will be without Joe Shaughnessy, Brian Easton and Greg Hurst through injury.