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Murray Davidson eyes more Scotland caps after ending Saints’ 80-year wait

Murray Davidson: Made Scotland debut. Picture: SNS

Murray Davidson: Made Scotland debut. Picture: SNS

  • by ANGUS WRIGHT
 

St JOHNSTONE’S Murray Davidson has targeted further involvement with the Scotland team after making his international debut in midweek.

The midfielder earned his first cap as a late substitute as interim Scotland manager Billy Stark secured a 2-1 win in Luxembourg on Wednesday night.

Davidson’s appearance may have lasted only a few minutes but was the first time a Saints player had represented Scotland for 80 years. He told the SPL’s official YouTube channel: “I’m delighted to get the cap. There has been a lot of support from St Johnstone – the fans, the players and people working here – so I’m thrilled.

“Eighty years is a long time and it makes you feel proud. Fingers crossed I can do it again.”

Saints manager Steve Lomas said: “It’s great for Murray to get a little taste of it. It’s a reward for all the hard work he’s put in since he came here from Livingston as a midfield enforcer.

“We think there’s still a lot more to come from Murray. We want him to be a goalscoring midfielder, it’s something we have asked him to try to improve and he’s trying to do that.

“It’s great for him and it’s decent that Billy Stark has looked at clubs like Inverness and ourselves.”

Saints secured an impressive 1-1 draw against Celtic last week and are hoping for maximum points when Ross County come calling in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League today.

Grant Munro insists County will not be on a revenge mission. The Highlanders saw their impressive 40-game unbeaten run come to an end at the hands of Saints, who claimed a 2-1 victory the last time the two sides met in September.

Instead, Munro believes County should be looking to emulate the Perth club as they aim to survive their first season in Scottish football’s top flight.

Asked if revenge will be a motivating factor at McDiarmid Park, the defender said: “I never think that way.

“Football is a funny game. That day, we deserved more out of the game than we got but the couple of goals we lost were very poor, especially the winner.”

He added: “They’re the benchmark. You’ve got to look at St Johnstone and the way they’ve performed over the years in the SPL.

“They’ve always been in the safety margin.

“It looks like they want to push on this year and it was a fantastic result for them on Sunday against Celtic so they’ll be confident.”

 

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