BY DARREN JOHNSTONE @CCP_Sport
Queen of the South midfielder Mark Millar insists the Doonhamers are in play-off contention without even getting into their stride.
And the experienced former Dundee United and Falkirk player reckons victory against in-form Hibs today would be the ideal launchpad for a push up the Championship table.
Queens have so far struggled to recapture the form that saw them finish fourth in last season.
But despite being plagued by inconsistency, James Fowler’s side only find themselves two points adrift of fourth place Morton and Millar is adamant they have the quality to make a promotion charge.
He said: “We want to put in a performance for our fans. We know at times this season we’ve been sloppy and it does not matter what level of team you’re playing against, if you make mistakes then teams will hurt you.
“Looking at the table we’ve not been good enough but we’re still only two points off the play-offs.
“We’re still in contention and we know if we can go on a run of form and get results then that will get us right back up.
“Everyone has talked about Morton overachieving but they’ve been terrific so far this season and as a group of players we want to be up there.
“We took seven points off Hibs last season and a victory on Saturday would certainly give us a platform to go on a good run, we would be mover the moon if we could get a result.”
Millar is likely to be in direct opposition to John McGinn this afternoon after the Hibs midfielder had his red card from last week’s draw with Falkirk downgraded to a yellow on appeal.
The 27-year-old admits he is relishing the prospect trying to keep the Scotland Under-21 captain quiet.
He added: “John McGinn has come in and been terrific and he’s been getting praise from his manager and rightly so.
“Everyone thought they would struggle when Scott Allan went to Celtic but they’ve brought in good quality players and they’re doing really well at the minute.”