Thompson happy as underdog

St Mirren's Steven Thompson is more than happy for Hearts to be labelled Scottish Communities League Cup favourites.

Last Updated: 28/01/13 at 08:19 Post Comment

Steven Thompson: Delighted at final appearance

Steven Thompson: Delighted at final appearance

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

St Mirren striker Steven Thompson is more than happy for Hearts to be labelled favourites when the two sides meet in the Scottish Communities League Cup final.

The Paisley club booked a return to Hampden on March 17 after defying the odds to dump out Celtic with an impressive 3-2 win in Sunday's last-four clash.

Thompson knows most people will now expect the Jambos, the current William Hill Scottish Cup holders, to claim the trophy but he insists anything can happen when silverware is at stake.

He said: "I'm happy with them being favourites. In one-off games, previous form and whoever are favourites really doesn't count. It's who wants it the most and who plays best on the day."

Saints surged into the lead against the Hoops thanks to an early opener from debutant Esmael Goncalves, before Gary Hooper levelled just before the break.

Charlie Mulgrew failed to convert from the penalty spot for Celtic before conceding a spot-kick himself, which was tucked away by Paul McGowan.

Thompson then struck to put Saints firmly in the driving seat before Mulgrew netted with the last kick of the match.

Thompson admits winning the cup with St Mirren would top all other achievements in his career.

He has already won every major domestic honour in Scottish football from his time with Rangers.

But the Paisley-born forward says helping Saints claim their first trophy since 1987 would be extra special.

He said: "The final is going to be a really proud moment for me and, if we win it, I guess it would go right to the top.

"To win a cup with St Mirren after a 25-year-wait, as a supporter, would go straight to the top of the list. But we need to win it first."

He added: "When I scored the goal, I think you could probably see on my face just what it meant to me personally.

"But I believe that winning semi-finals count for nothing, really. If we can repeat it and win the final, we would really be able to enjoy it more."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

find him unwatchable, unreadable and unlistenable. Apart from that he's fine.

spuzzell
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

T

hat's the oldest looking 33 year old I have ever seen.

forestfaninaus
Alex Neil: The New Breed Of Scottish Manager

E

very single time I hear any story about Peter Crouch, I find myself liking him more. Is there any other footballer out there like him?

megabrow (cufc)
Football And Alcohol: Angels And Demons

Footer 365

Steve McClaren set to be removed from Derby role on Friday

Steve McClaren is set to leave his post as Derby manager later on Friday, Sky sources understand.

Brendan Rodgers expects Raheem Sterling to stay at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers says he expects Raheem Sterling to stay at the club despite transfer speculation regarding his future.

Roy Hodgson: Lay off Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling

Roy Hodgson has mounted a passionate defence of Raheem Sterling after more drama with the Liverpool forward's contract saga.

Mail Box

England Have Four Proper Good Players...

Let's see if you can guess who they are, according to one mailboxer. we also have lots on Raheem Sterling and some views on breaking down defences and...

Wenger Has Knackered Arsenal Out...

It's a wonderfully varied Mailbox, with thoughts on Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, tactics, Sevilla, Newcastle United, sexing up the Europa League and Radamel Falcao...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company