St Mirren’s Richard Tait admits Betfred Cup may be his swan song at flatware
Tait was part of the Motherwell group that made all of it the method to both domestic cup finals back in 2017/18.
St Mirren defender Richard Tait knows he might not get another chance to raise a trophy – and has actually warned his young Buddies to deal with Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi-final like it is their last shot at splendor too.
Tait became part of the Motherwell group which made everything the way to both domestic cup finals back in 2017/18.
However he was rejected a winner’s medal as Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic – the challenger on both occasions – completed their relentless march to a double treble.
Now the incorrect side of 30, Tait is aware this weekend’s last-four face-off with Livingston might well be his last chance to go out at Hampden.
And he informed his fresh-faced team-mates not to take it for given that they will be back at the nationwide stadium at any time soon either.
” At my age, I’m 31 now, I’m at the back end of my career now and if I was to win a major prize then it would absolutely make all the ups and downs rewarding,” he said.
” That’s what I’m thinking. I make sure there are a couple of young lads believing that this happens all the time and that they will be in cup finals once again.
” But it’s about drilling it through to them that reaching these events are rare and especially having the opportunity to go on and win them.
” Do you have to see this as potentially your last chance to win a cup? Ideally it will not be but yes.
” Getting to the two finals I did formerly, you believe, ‘This is fantastic. We’ll be back here next year. It will take place again’ – however it just doesn’t.
” So this might be the last opportunity I get to win a prize so we do need to try to get this chance with both hands.”
Tait’s Well team dumped Aberdeen and Rangers out of the Betfred Cup back in 2017 however found Celtic too strong in the last.
It was a similar story in the Scottish Cup as they fought previous Hearts and the Dons once again – only to be up to Rodgers’ all-conquering Hoops for the 2nd show-piece clash in succession.
However this year’s competition is large open. Celtic lost to Ross County in the second round, while Saints became the first Scottish group this season to defeat Rangers with their quarter-final triumph.
However, Tait confesses that popular win will all be for nothing if Jim Goodwin’s group do not go on to establish a date with either Hibernian or St Johnstone in next month’s final.
He said: “Losing in 2 finals with Motherwell was heart-breaking.
” We were up versus one of the finest Celtic teams we had actually seen for a while so if we arrive this time we have actually got a real likelihood.
” Every team in the competitors is well matched so our main aim is to in fact reach the final and see where we go from there.
” Livingston are probably the in-form group in the league disallowing Rangers, so it will be tough.
” But the appeal of the cup is that it does not really matter what form you’re in. It’s a one-off match and you have actually got to be up for it.
” We revealed that against Rangers. They were on a 27-game unbeaten run and their kind headed out the window. Hopefully again it will be us going through and not Livingston.
” If you’re not going to win the cup after you beat one of the Old Company then you may as well not beat them at the time.
” So the sensation after the quarter-final was let’s have an ideal excellent crack at winning the cup.”