St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson provides update on striker Guy Melamed

Callum Davidson has confirmed St Johnstone’s interest in Israeli striker Guy Melamed.

The Perth club is expected to announce the arrival of the 27-year-old, most recently of Maccabi Netanya, in the next 24 hours.

Melamed has travelled to Scotland and Saints boss Davidson said: “Guy Melamed is here and hopefully we can get the paperwork done in time.

“Hopefully he will bring goals. I have looked for someone a little bit different, someone who can bring a spark to the team.

“We’re hoping he can come in, form a good partnership with the other players and score goals for us.”

Saints failed to find the back of the net for the fourth consecutive game after going down 2-0 to Celtic at McDiarmid Park on Sunday.

The visitors did, however, require two goals in the closing minutes to seal the victory.

“It was sore to take because we played to a very high level and I felt we were comfortable,” said Davidson.

“Celtic had to bring on five quality subs to win the game, they had to bring on some of their star players.

“I’m disappointed with the goal because we had a set piece and that’s three goals in the last two games we’ve lost from that.

“But otherwise I was very happy with the performance level, the enthusiasm and the composure of the team.

“Obviously the one with Craig Conway is the one that got away for us, that just sums up what’s happened all season.

“We can’t let our heads go down, we have to keep reiterating the good performances and trying to change it.

“Getting the first goal is the key, that’s what we need to start doing.”

Saints will now be without Danny McNamara and Ali McCann for upcoming Betfred Cup games, starting with Kelty Hearts on Wednesday night.

McNamara is away with the Republic of Ireland under-21s while McCann has earned a call-up to Northern Ireland’s senior squad.

Davidson said: “Danny was excellent again [on Sunday] and I was delighted for him getting his call up to the Ireland U21s.

“And the same goes for Ali McCann and the Northern Ireland squad, it’s well deserved.

“But today you can’t just pick them out because we had a lot of players doing well. I’m gutted for them because they deserved something.”

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