Fire hazard on Monday

Monday sees Jim Jefferies enjoying a cake with 60 candles on it and the gift he wants most is three points on Saturday. The early present would represent a fourth straight win to add to wins over Hibs, Celtic and St Johnstone which were secured without the loss of a single goal. Jefferies is not looking forward to Monday - only because he is focussed on the game against hamilton tomorrow. Jefferies suggested it was a bit early to discuss his birthday, collecting his pension and his bus pass. He said: "I might not live until Monday. It's a few days away, nothing planned. Somebody might have something planned for me, but we'll have to wait and see. Three points would be the best present."

This week, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was quoted as saying  "retirement is for young people" and Jefferies has no plans to step away from the coalface just yet, and hopes to continue for "as long as I've got the desire and the drive to compete". He went on: "I've not put any time on it. I thought maybe if I get to the stage at 62 or something I might think about it then, but if I've still got the drive and determination at that time then I'll continue. There might come a day when I wake up and say 'that's it, I've had it, I don't enjoy it any more', but that's not happening at the moment. It's not easy to put a date on it, you just have to wait and see how things go. Right now I'm enjoying it and I've still got the determination to compete."

Continuing the recent run of good form is utmost in Jefferies' mind, with the 3-0 loss at home to Kilmarnock, then at the foot of the standings, a reminder how tight the league is as he prepares his side to meet bottom club Hamilton on Saturday. He added: "
The confidence is high at the moment, what we've got to do is make sure we don't get carried away - this is a tough league. The St Johnstone game was a massive game after Hibs and Celtic - any team on their day is capable of turning up and putting one over you. We had that a couple of weeks ago against Kilmarnock, we responded brilliantly and we've got to make sure it doesn't happen again."