Motherwell manager Mark McGhee insists that despite his side's current run of form, a draw is the most likely outcome in tomorrow night's fifth round Homecoming Cup tie at St Mirren.
Playing down 'Well's sparkling form, he said: “I saw Gus at the Celtic game on Sunday and asked him if he was practising penalties. We certainly have been and it would be no surprise to me if it went to as close as that.
“We’ve played them six times now. And there’s really not much between us, it would be no surprise to me if it went to the wire."
But although he says he's aware of St Mirren’s qualities, McGhee is more than confident about his own side’s prospects.
“We have ambitions in the cup this year, we’d love to go all the way to the final. To do that we know already that we have to beat St Mirren and Celtic so it’s going to be a tough ask.
“We’re playing very, very well. We’re unbeaten in nine; everyone’s in form, everyone’s battling for places.
“There’s no reason to think that we can’t go to St Mirren and do well.”
Both sides will be relishing the prospect of a visit from Celtic in the next round, but McGhee's thoughts have already begun to focus on the more imminent prospect of the league leaders' arrival at Fir Park on Sunday.
“My best team is as good as anyone outside of the Old Firm in the SPL and I think we’re proving that at the moment," warned McGhee.
“We’re all having an influence on the title and that will continue until the end of the season.”