Date: 16th August 2012 at 11:57pm
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Craig Brown’s lunchtime press conference ahead of the trip to St. Johnstone on Saturday focused on the vacant striker roles and the performances of particular players in the mid-week friendly victory over Manchester United.

‘Niall McGinn will be out for another two to three weeks. His ankle is swollen and bruised. It’s a ligament injury. Once the swelling and bruising has gone we will have a better indication of how long he will be out.

‘Rory Fallon should be available. He trained today and had no problems. I spoke to him afterwards and there appeared to be no ill effects.

‘Johnny Hayes was not fit enough for [the opening game of the season against] Celtic as he had an illness. He was still suffering a bit against Ross County but I think we saw a healthy Johnny Hayes against Manchester United.

‘Michael Paton also played well the other night. He’s never been out of our thoughts and his performance against Manchester United did him no harm. He played very well in the first half at St. Pauli. Him and Rory Fallon teamed up well there. We had an excellent first half out there and Michael was instrumental in creating good chances.

‘Saturday will be a tough game. St Johnstone are a good home team. They have a couple of strikers short due to suspensions but they have Craig Beattie and they have players who can score from all over the park such as Liam Craig. I have a lot of respect for St Johnstone and I know their manager very well. He is very enthusiastic and they will be a difficult team to beat at home.’

The manager hints at an appearance for Michael Paton this weekend who spent last season on loan to Stockport where he scored 4 goals in 17 appearances.

Fellow striker Rory Fallon is recovering from injury and counterpart Niall McGinn faces a spell on the sidelines after injuring himself against Ross County.

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