DAVID Wotherspoon used to cheer on Steven Anderson from the stands at McDiarmid Park.
And now he is hoping St Johnstone’s midweek Europa League disappointment doesn’t impact on the turn-out for his colleague’s testimonial match with Hearts today.
The Perth midfielder admits supporters will be hurting after the 2-1 first leg home defeat by Spartak Trnava. But he is urging them seize the chance to pay tribute to a player who has given a decade of service to the club, taking them from the depths of the First Division to the highs of a goal in the Scottish Cup final last season.
Wotherspoon said: “He has shown loyalty to the club and it should be acknowledged by the fans. Hopefully, they will turn out in numbers to show their appreciation for what he has done over ten years.
“The fans have had to dig deep but Ando deserves a great day. He played his part in bringing the cup here with his goal against Dundee United. He has been fantastic for the club.”
Wotherspoon admits Saints fell way short of the standards they set last term and in the previous round against Swiss side Luzern. But he insists the 2-1 deficit can be overcome in Slovakia on Thursday.
“It was so disappointing. We didn’t turn up in the first half, but we got better as the second half went on. We pressed forward after their second and the fans got right behind us.
“Hopefully, that late goal from Dave Mackay has left us in the tie and given us a chance going over there. He kept cool and it was a fantastic finish right at the death.
“They will be hurting after losing that goal and hopefully we can take advantage. They are a hard working team and passed the ball well but we contributed to our downfall.
“It’s not dead yet. Definitely not. We have proved we can score goals away from home in Europe.”