The Saints March On: St. Johnstone Captain Jason Kerr and Manager Callum Davidson hold the Scottish Cup. Photo credit: Ian MacNicol / Getty Images
Callum Davidson hopes that at some point St. Johnstone fans can safely celebrate the club’s remarkable trophy doubles with their heroes.
Shaun Rooney, who scored the only goal in the League Cup final against Livingston in Hampden Park in February, was again the winner of the Saints game on Saturday in the 1-0 triumph in the Scottish Cup against Hibernian in the national stadium.
The 24-year-old full-back’s strong header from a David Wotherspoon cross after 31 minutes was enough to confirm the greatest season in the Perth club’s history.
The McDiarmid Park team could even afford to miss a penalty in the second half. Hib’s keeper Matt Macey denied Glenn Middleton and then Chris Kane from the follow-up.
Saints, who had Northern Ireland international Ali McCann on their line-up, were the first team outside of the Old Firm to win the two major trophies in Scotland since Aberdeen did so in 1989-90 – and they secured one Boot place in Europe.
Once again there were no fans at Hampden Park due to coronavirus restrictions and Davidson would like an organized celebration in Perth if it is safe.
He said: “Hopefully we will have to celebrate the two trophies by the end of June.
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“I remember when we won the Scottish Cup in 2014, the crowd in Perth was amazing.
« This probably can’t happen so maybe argue and find out how best to deal with it because the people of Perth deserve to enjoy this success. »
The Saints had overcome a Covid-19 outbreak that affected up to eight players in the run-up to the final, and Davidson greeted his squad for crossing the finish line.
After winning his second trophy in his first season as manager, he was told that he had made it that easy.
« I’ll tell you what, it wasn’t easy, » he said. « The past three weeks have not been easy at all. All credit goes to the players who dug them in.
» We didn’t look at our hardest today, and that’s because of the problems of the past three weeks, but you did See the character and resilience, and I don’t think I have the right words to describe the effort the players are making. ”
It was a disappointing season end for Hibs, who finished third in the for the first time since 2005 Scottish Premier League.
Hibs center-back Ryan Porteous admitted that « St. Johnstone was better than us, « but after losing two semi-finals and one final at Hampden Park this season, he’s still keen to land silverware for his childhood heroes.
He said, » We have to dust off ourselves next month and come back for the preseason to find out more.
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