St Johnstone may have just suffered their third defeat in the space of a week but skipper Joe Shaughnessy insists that while not happy with the results, they are not a cause for concern.
The triple whammy came thanks to a 5-1 loss against Rangers at Ibrox last Sunday, then two narrow defeats to Celtic in the Betfred Cup and another 2-1 reverse against league leaders Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday.
It doesn’t get any easier for Saints with another Premiership match with the Hoops this Sunday but the St Johnstone skipper is confident they are capable of getting a result against Brendan Rodgers’ team.
He said: “Last week (against Rangers) was very disappointing but we were very poor.
“We put in a better performance in midweek but still lost.
“We always knew this week was going to be a hard run of fixtures, probably one of the hardest we could get.
“It doesn’t get any easier but we know we have got the performances there and if we play well, we know we can do it.
“There is nothing to worry about right now anyway.”
Shaughnessy’s boss Tommy Wright left his players in no doubt that the overall performance against Hearts was not acceptable.
The manager said: “Hearts worked harder than us and that made it a difficult afternoon for us.
“I’m looking for better from my team. We’ve had a chat about that, I’ve told them they can’t accept mediocrity.
“You’d pull your hair out looking at the unnecessary errors we made in the first half.”