VETERAN Chris Millar insists that he won’t get caught up in the occasion as he prepares to square off against former side St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park in Saturday’s Scottish Cup clash.

The midfielder believes that the Ton have a strong chance of claiming a scalp against the Saints, and says that their recent good form will be crucial going into the tie.

However, he admitted that it will be an emotional game for him as he makes his return to Perth for the first time since leaving after ten years at the club.

He told the Tele: “It’s a massive week for me, first and foremost for the club playing a Premier League team and having the chance to progress in the cup, which we want to do, but also to go back up to McDiarmid Park where I spent a great ten years.

“It’ll be good to go back to be able to see people that were there during my time and some of the backroom staff, so it’s a great game for myself to play in as well as for the club.

“It’ll be my first time back up there, I’m really looking forward to it but we know how tough it will be.

“They’re coming into a good bit of form just now and we know how good they’ll be because we played them in pre-season.

“First half they were very good. They had good quality through the middle with some good attacking options, but we know that we can match them.

“But it’s a free hit, all the expectations will be on them as the side from the higher division. We’ll be the underdogs, which has suited us this season, and we’re getting them off the back of the winter break while we’ve had two very good results. It’s a tie that we’re all looking forward too.

“It’s a one off game where anything can happen.

“I think we’ve looked really good defensively the last couple of weeks and have managed to score a few goals too, so we’ll definitely be looking to go and cause an upset.”

Millar continued: “It’s crazy how quickly things can change, because if we get through then we’re suddenly looking towards the prospect of a quarter-final and a relatively successful season. I hope that I’m fit and in contention to be a part of it.

“The gaffer took me off as a precaution last week because I felt my hamstring and on the heavy park we didn’t really want to risk it with so many games coming up. Every player wants to play against Premier League opposition to test themselves out and see how we measure up.

“It would be a bit surreal if I was to pop up and score the winner after the time I spent there, you couldn’t write it if that happened, but sometimes these are the type of moments football throws up.

“I have some great memories from my time there and I have a great respect for Tommy Wright, the fans and everyone up there. These are the only two teams that I’ve played senior football for but once I cross that white line I’ll solely be focused on Morton.”