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

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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."


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