Danny Swanson could miss tonight’s Betfred Cup clash with Brechin City due to the expected birth of his child yesterday.
But Michael Coulson, who is also near to becoming a new dad, is keeping his fingers crossed that his baby doesn’t arrive until after the game has been played.
“The baby isn’t due for a few days yet and it seems quite happy where it is at the moment,” the former York City man explained.
“So hopefully it doesn’t come before the game on Tuesday because I want to play.
“It’s an exciting time, this is our first baby, we have a new house and I have a new club so it’s been a real change these last few weeks.
“I’m really enjoying it, the lads have been brilliant with me and the football is good.
“When you join a new team it’s quite intimidating but I’ve settled in really quickly because everyone has been very welcoming.
“The spirit here is great and that’s what I’d been told it would be, a lot of the boys have been here for a long time and you can see that.”
As well as discovering that the McDiarmid Park dressing has been as welcoming as he hoped it would be, Coulson has been pleased to find that the St Johnstone style of play is also a good fit for him.
He said: “Football-wise, this is a good move because I like to get the ball forward quickly and drive at players when I can.
“I just need to get a run in the team now but it’s difficult because we have really strong competition here.
“The squad has a lot of strength about it so I have to just work hard and take my chance when I get one.”
Everything has been new to Coulson since he crossed the border a few weeks ago and the Englishman is enjoying his early season tour of lower league football grounds.
“I don’t think I have played anywhere with a hedge before,” he admitted.
“It certainly sounds a bit different.
“But I have played at a lot of small stadiums in the past, so it won’t be a culture shock for me.”