Michael O’Halloran won’t be playing for St Johnstone against Rangers tomorrow night.
But the on-loan forward may still be important to Saints as they seek to find a way to beat his parent club for the first time in the league in seven years.
Murray Davidson explained: “He will have the inside track, maybe, but we haven’t had much of a chance to speak to him about it.
“I’m sure a few of the boys will speak to him between now and Friday.
“It’s a miss not having Michael in the team – but we can maybe use him to our advantage, see what he has to say about Rangers.
“It can be awkward for him because he’s still a Rangers player. So, whether the boys go and ask him, that might be a personal thing.
“But I’m sure it might happen.”
Davidson is still surprised that O’Halloran won’t be lining up against them rather than sitting in the stand as a result of being cut adrift by Pedro Caixinha.
“Personally, yeah,” he said. “Because, even before he came here everyone knew what he was capable of.
“I think he’s a player who, nothing against Rangers and the players there, his raw pace gives them another dimension – one they haven’t really got.
“I would rather have him in the team – or at least not playing against us.
“Being honest, I’m surprised he’s not had more of a shot at Rangers. But that’s football.
“Mikey has come here to prove he’s worthy of playing – and he’s done that.
“Rangers’ loss is definitely our gain.”