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Manager in focus - Craig Levein

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St Johnstone host Dundee on Saturday and oh how the Perth side would love to be where their Tayside rivals are in the current pecking order.

Although Dundee have only won once in their latest four outings, Tony Docherty's side have realistic hopes of a top-six finish. Not long ago, Saints had similar aspirations.

Now, though, while Craig Levein steadied the ship following Steven MacLean's early-season departure as manager, St Johnstone still have quite a bit of work to do to preserve their top-flight status.

They have won just once in seven games and only a point separates them from Ross County in 11th, with another 10 points to bottom side Livingston.

With County facing a tricky trip to Aberdeen and Livi at home to Celtic the following day, Saturday could be an opportunity for Levein's side to give themselves some breathing space.

To do so, however, they will have to end a run of five games - two this season - without a victory over the visitors from Dens Park.