Centre-back and boyhood St Johnstone fan Liam Gordon hopes the Scottish Premiership club’s triumphs in 2021 can inspire new supporters to attend matches in Perth.

McDiarmid Park was sold-out last week as St Johnstone hosted Galatasaray in a Europa League third round qualifier. Saints qualified for Europe after a fifth-placed league finish and League Cup and Scottish Cup double last term. Callum Davidson’s side are looking to secure group stage football against LASK in the Europa Conference League.

Galatasaray v St. Johnstone: UEFA Europa League

Gordon and co faced Galatasaray. (Photo by Mehmet Eser/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Ahead of the play-off round first leg against the Austrian side away from home, Gordon said:  “It was amazing to see McDiarmid Park full, the place was absolutely rocking. It was lovely to see and it felt like it brought the city together. There were people there who probably weren’t St Johnstone fans but they loved it.

“I think they embraced the relationship that the fans, players and staff have. What we have done in the last year has been brilliant and if that can get a few more punters through the door, then superb. I don’t see why not. Everyone who came last Thursday was saying what a great time they had.

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“There is no reason why that can’t be more often. There were guys I saw in the crowd that I knew weren’t St Johnstone. One of my good friends, he’s not a St Johnstone fan but his wee lad wanted to come down to the game. His dad is a Celtic fan but his wee boy said, ‘I want to go to McDiarmid, I want to go and see Saints’.

“That’s a nice thing for me to hear, maybe because of what we are doing, for him to want to come down to McDiarmid. And he has told his dad he wants to go back this round and not go to Parkhead. That’s one example, but who knows how many there might be? Hopefully this is the start of a new generation of St Johnstone fans coming through.”

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