St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark insists focus will not switch to next week’s glamour trip to Galatasaray until after Saturday’s cinch Premiership opener at Ross County. Saints will be in Istanbul next Thursday to take on the Turkish giants in the Europa League third qualifying round.
St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark insists focus will not switch to next week's glamour trip to Galatasaray until after Saturday's cinch Premiership opener at Ross County. Saints will be in Istanbul next Thursday to take on the Turkish giants in the Europa League third qualifying round. The tie is reward for the club's outstanding season last term in which they won both domestic cups and finished fifth in the league.
Peter Gavigan played for Saints in the late 1920s and later fancied a footballing switch to Turkey There are not all that many links between St Johnstone and Galatasaray. But as the teams prepare to face off for the first time ever on Thursday night, one interesting tale has surfaced.
ROSS Laidlaw believes Ross County are in the best possible hands with Malky Mackay showing “a touch of class” in and around the club. The Staggies goalkeeper, who swept up the club player of the year awards last season, has been highly impressed by the new manager’s impact both on and off the training pitch.
MALKY Mackay is urging Ross County’s players to revel in Premiership status this season and take pride in mixing it with Scotland’s big city clubs. The Staggies tomorrow embark on their ninth top-flight season in 10 years, with the return of Hearts and Dundee bringing all of the nation’s traditional big-hitters back together for the first time in 17 years.
High-flying St Johnstone travel to Ross County for their opening fixture in the 2021-22 Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon. The Saints will be looking to build on a domestic cup double and a fifth-place finish achieved last season, while the hosts will be hoping they can avoid another relegation battle this time around.
AFTER St Johnstone’s successes in recent years some may view the Perth club as an undoubted top six club - but for manager Callum Davidson, that is not the case. Saints dominated the trophies in Scotland last year by landing the Scottish and League Cup crowns.
PODCAST: The big preview as St Johnstone, Dundee United and Dundee get ready for Premiership kick-off
A new Scottish football season is about to begin. Jim Spence, Alan Temple and Eric Nicolson assess how St Johnstone, Dundee United and Dundee will get on in their opening-day fixtures and over the course of the 2021/22 campaign. And it’s prediction time for those clubs and others in Courier Country in the lower leagues.
Callum Davidson replacing Tommy Wright was supposed to be Scottish football’s equivalent of taking the mic from Frank Sinatra. But the rookie boss did it his way and led St Johnstone to the club’s most successful season ever. Can he keep his history-making squad together?
The launch event will take place in the library on Saturday, July 31 between 10am and 1pm, where there will be fun activities for children and families, including a St Johnstone Sporting Heroes Comic book and a classic tabletop match of Subbuteo Cup-double winners St Johnstone will be immortalised in a new display celebrating the club’s recent success and memories of days gone by.
‘Follow that’ is the task for Callum Davidson and his St Johnstone team this season. Far easier said than done, of course, but making end-of-an-era predictions for the Perth club has been a fool’s errand for a decade and more. Eric Nicolson asks five pertinent questions as Saints prepare for their first competitive game since becoming double cup winners.
St Johnstone will go into the new season grounded by the usual priority of making sure they keep well away from the Premiership basement battle. But manager Callum Davidson will balance that inherent and healthy caution with an ambition to make his double-winning team an even better one. “You know me too well!” he joked, referencing the primary goal of staying up that was his mantra this time last season and of his predecessors Tommy Wright, Steve Lomas and Derek McInnes year after year before that.
St Johnstone will face Galatasaray in the Europa League. It is a sentence that still sounds a little surreal, as is the thought of Fatih Terim, Ryan Babel and Radomel Falcao striding in to McDiarmid Park on August 12. Callum Davidson, the consummate professional that he is, will swiftly turn his attention to defeating the Turkish giants — they are hardly in fine fettle after a 7-2 aggregate shellacking at the hands of PSV Eindhoven, after all.
Saints take on Galatasaray in Turkey next week but the Perth boss highlighted the importance of giving full attention to Saturday's season opener Callum Davidson is urging his St Johnstone players to park the European excitement for now. It is understandably difficult for all involved with the Perth club not to have one eye on next Thursday’s Europa League third qualifying round tie with Turkish giants Galatasaray.
Callum Davidson on St Johnstone's transfer plans, Shaun Rooney's Rotherham interest and club valuations
CALLUM DAVIDSON is hopeful of adding at least two new faces to his St Johnstone squad ahead of next week’s Europa League clash against Galatasaray. Saints head to Dingwall this weekend for their opening Scottish Premiership match against Ross County before heading to Istanbul for Thursday’s first leg.
PSV Eindhoven completed an emphatic home and away defeat of Galatasaray to ensure that St Johnstone will face the Turkish side in next week’s Europe League third round qualifier. The Dutch team followed up their 5-1 victory last week with a 2-1 triumph in Istanbul to make it 7-2 on aggregate and keep their Champions League group stage hopes alive.
Callum Davidson likes an ‘unknown’ signing but Scottish market will always be St Johnstone’s priority
Callum Davidson is delighted St Johnstone have hired a head of recruitment who will cast a net far and wide to identify new players in this transfer window and beyond. But the Perth club will never neglect the Scottish market that has served them so well in an era of unprecedented success.
Malky Mackay is relishing the chance to kick off the Premiership season at home to double cup winners St Johnstone this weekend. The Ross County manager was thrilled that his side signed off from a troubled Premier Sports Cup campaign with a rousing 4-1 win over Montrose at the weekend and now he has a full week of work with the group ahead of taking on League Cup and Scottish Cup-winning Saints.
Greg Stewart has revealed he is mulling over offers from Scotland and abroad as he weighs up his next move. The 31-year-old is a free agent after leaving Rangers following the expiry of his contract. Stewart featured just eight times for the Ibrox side last season in all competitions as they won the Scottish Premiership.
The Manchester United full-back has looked sharp in pre-season and has picked up plenty of minutes ahead of the big kick-off this weekend St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson expects loan signing Reece Devine to be challenging for a start from the off. And that is exactly the kind of competition the cup double-winning boss is after as the 2021/22 campaign prepares to kick-off.