Callum Booth is desperate for St Johnstone to bounce back and give Liam Craig a winning milestone moment to remember.
Experienced midfielder Craig equalled the club’s all-time appearance record of 441 games in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against Hibs.
And he is set to overtake friend and fellow Perth legend Steven Anderson’s tally when Saints host rivals Dundee this weekend.
Full-back Booth said: “We have a massive game on Saturday now.
“Liam has been unbelievable for this club and is great about the changing room. Before games in the warm-up he is in our ear and really gets us going. He really is a leader around the place.
“He is still fit as a fiddle and playing a huge part in this squad. Hopefully he can break the appearance record this week and we can get a win for him. He is such a good person and player.”
Booth admits there was a sense of frustration that Saints left the capital without any points on Sunday - especially due to the controversial second half penalty decision.
“We’d had a brilliant run against Hibs and really had the upper hand recently,” he said.
“It is disappointing to lose in any fashion but it hurts even more when it’s a decision the ref has made against us.
“You get them in the season and you hope that they level themselves out. But sitting after the game it is hard to take. At the time I didn’t think it was a penalty. I’ve watched it back, it’s not a penalty.
“He is literally half a yard away and Boyle has volleyed it against him. Jamie’s hand is in against his body. There is nothing he can do.
“I just can’t see how it can be given when it’s so close. We were right in the game and the first goal was always going to be massive.
“Once the penalty was given, although disappointing and we felt hard done by, we needed to get on with it. We were still right in the game and even with 10 men we created a couple of chances.”
While Booth would obviously have liked more points on the board early doors, he believes Saints have assembled a strong squad this term despite losing key men Jason Kerr and Ali McCann.
“Ali Crawford is a good player,” Booth told the PA. "We probably needed that player who is similar to Wotherspoon and can link the play.
“He is very good technically, gets in good areas and is good on the ball. He also knows the league and is an experienced player.
“The other boys the gaffer has brought in are younger lads with good attitudes and ability, they just need games.
“And I’m sure over the course of the season they will get that with us. I think we have a strong squad.”