Owen's going home

Last updated : 23 July 2008 By Tony Scholes
I suspect when he steps out into McDiarmid Park tonight the welcome will be a very different one from the home fans than the one he received from the Partick Thistle fans on Monday.

Coyle's replacement at St. Johnstone was former Burnley target Derek McInnes and ahead of the game he's said: "It is a game we are really looking forward to. It will be good to see Owen back here in Perth.

"Ideally I would have liked a to have been facing Burnley with a full squad but we'll be looking to do well in the game. Everything has been geared up to getting the season off to a good start."

St. Johnstone go into the game following a 4-2 defeat against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday in a game which saw Steven Milne score both Saints goals, the former Plymouth striker has been a regular goalscorer in the last three years with St. Johnstone.

They lined up in that game: McLean, Irvine, Sheerin, Morris (Weatherston), Rutkiewicz, McCaffrey, Swankie (Millar), Hardie (Doris), Milne (MacDonald), Jackson (Holmes), Craig.

Coyle is again expected to use a good number of his squad for tonight's game and he will select from Diego Penny, Graham Alexander, Christian Kalvenes, Michael Duff, Clarke Carlisle, Steven Caldwell, Kevin McDonald, Joey Gudjonsson, Ade Akinbiyi, Martin Paterson, Wade Elliott, Brian Jensen, Steve Jones, Chris McCann, Gabor Kiraly, Alan Mahon, Jay Rodriguez, Robbie Blake, Bes Berisha, Stephen Jordan, Adam Kay, Remco van der Schaaf, Alex MacDonald.