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Tommy Wright hails cup final ticket sales

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright. Picture: SNS

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright. Picture: SNS

ST Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has hailed the Perth community for their positive response to William Hill Scottish Cup final ticket sales.

Saints had sold 13,200 tickets by the end of Wednesday and more fans queued up at McDiarmid Park on Thursday morning to book their seat for the May 17 clash against Dundee United.

Wright said: “They are flying - we are well over 13,000 and still going strong. I think that’s great for the club.

“We encouraged the supporters to reach 15,000 and I imagine we will surpass that total. That will be a tremendous achievement.

“We have seen that support already in European games - over 8,000 for each.

“I know the club will be working hard once the cup final is out the way to contact people who bought tickets and try to encourage them to come back on a more regular basis.”

In the meantime Saints are looking to continue their impressive recent away form when they take on Motherwell on Saturday.

Wright’s men have taken 10 points from their last four Scottish Premiership road trips - more than they had in the previous 13 away games, which included a 4-0 defeat at Fir Park.

The former Northern Ireland international said: “We have taken our chances and once we get one goal ahead we are quite difficult to beat. And we have a bit more belief away from home and have defended really well.

“We’ve had a tremendous run of games and the players have got to be proud of what they’ve done, but we keep saying that every game is different.

“Motherwell will be hurting after last week (after a 5-1 defeat by Dundee United). There have been a lot of goals in the games between the two sides. Both teams need to win the game to catch the teams above them.”

BT Sport Q&A: Rangers | Hibs | Neil Lennon

THIS week’s BT Sport video Q&A looks at whether Rangers fans will buy season tickets and if the club’s supporters will force a change of ownership.

The form of Hibs under Terry Butcher is also examined following the Easter Road side’s derby defeat while the future of Neil Lennon is also considered following the announcement that his assistant Johan Mjallby is to depart at the end of the season.

Email your Scottish football question for the BT Sport panel to answer. The next show will be recorded on May 7 after St Johnstone v Celtic with the video available on The Scotsman website the following day. You can also tweet us @TheScotsman.

A line-up of experts will handle your questions after each BT Sport game. Most match days, the team includes Darrell Currie, Derek Rae and Gary McAllister.

Over this season, BT Sport will air 30 SPFL matches plus 10 Rangers games from the SPFL League One.

• T&C We can not guarantee which presenters will answer your questions. Questions are vetted and no correspondence will be entered into.

 

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