Scottish Football - Lomas moving on from Adams rant

St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas insists he will not let his off-field squabbles with Ross County manager Derek Adams distract his men from clinching a Europa League slot.

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The two men have been engaged in an ongoing feud ever since Staggies skipper Richie Brittain revealed he wanted to back out of a pre-contract switch to Perth and remain in the Highlands.

The row was hardly helped when the 29-year-old midfielder then fired home two penalties to hand County a 2-2 draw with Saints at McDiarmid last Sunday, after which a simmering Lomas accused Adams of "hypocrisy" over his handling of the affair and also accused his club of lying.

Adams responded by warning Lomas - who has already been handed a two-match ban after accusing Brittain of diving following a meeting of the teams earlier this season - that he could end up in trouble again if he continues his verbal assaults.

But with St Johnstone preparing for a make-or-break meeting with Inverness as they bid for a second successive qualification for Europe, Lomas insists he can look after himself.

He said: "It doesn't surprise me. Derek was telling me how to do my job last week and now he's telling me how to communicate. Well I feel very blessed to have a mentor like Derek looking after my interests.

"But I have said my piece. I'm moving on. We are fully focused on Inverness. I've had my say, it's now down to the two clubs to sort it out.

"Is this a distraction? No, it's just part and parcel of football. Nothing affects me. I just get on with it. Now we are fully focused on the Inverness game."

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