In an ideal world, Callum Davidson would be preparing for another Premiership match this weekend.

The St Johnstone manager is keen to keep hold of the positive momentum created by recent strong performances in the Betfred Cup and the league.

Saints, who are without a competitive fixture due to Hibernian’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Hearts, are unbeaten in their last four games.

Davidson will ensure his players remain in high spirits in training and by organising a match between members of the Perth squad, which will assist recent signing Guy Melamed build his fitness further.

“I would’ve liked to have continued the momentum on in the league,” Davidson admitted to the PA yesterday.

“We will need to have a game situation and replicate some of the form from the weekend to continue the momentum.

“We’ll also have a few days off because I don’t think we’ll get much time after this until next year. They can rest up and come back into training later in the week.

“Guy will probably be in more often than the rest. His training sessions will be monitored this week and we’ll build it up.

“It’s important for Guy because he has missed a lot of football. We need to make sure we get him up to speed this week.

“Guy has great enthusiasm but most importantly he has to be up to speed. If he does that, he gives himself a better chance of being successful.

“We’ll give him a few more runs so we know where he is. He will definitely get there. He will have had three weeks of training with a game before Kilmarnock so he should be there or thereabouts.

“It’s how quickly he can adjust to Scottish football because it is quite hectic. The signs are good from him so far.”

There was a slight sense of frustration that Saints are not heading into their free weekend on the back of three points.

Despite dominating Dundee United for large spells on Saturday, Perth players couldn’t break the deadlock.

Davidson said: “I’ve watched it back and I still think exactly the same as I did after the game.

“You look at their front three and it has goals in it. But we dominated them and I don’t know if they had a shot after 15 minutes.

“Defensively, in terms of structure and discipline, I thought the lads were terrific. I thought they worked extremely hard.

“It just came back to missing that final ball. We maybe put ourselves under too much pressure to deliver it.

“But I still think we had three or four really good chances to score.

“As long as the players are getting in the positions to cross from good areas, it’s then about making the right decision.

“We had been in that position before and lost 1-0. Getting over that little hurdle was a positive and we’re now four games undefeated.”