St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has hailed Zander Clark as the Saints best keeper in decades – and insists the best is still to come from the Scotland keeper.

Clarke was named in the international squad for the upcoming games against Moldova and Denmark and Davidson couldn’t speak highly enough about his number one, comparing his with Saints legends Alan Main and Alan Mannus.

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Davidson thinks Clark’s record of big games puts him ahead of the former Perth keepers as he praised his “consistently high standards” between the sticks for St Johnstone.

“Zander has matured as a goalie and the best five or six years are still to come,” Davidson said.

“He was disappointed he wasn’t in the squad last time, but he’s used it to spur himself on.

“Is he now above Alan Main and Alan Mannus? He’s played in more big games so that probably does take him above them.

“Zander has performed unbelievably well in those big games too.

“Everybody saw what he did against Dundee United, but it hasn’t just been one or two games, it’s been consistently high standards for a long time now. He’s been excellent for me.

“I don’t train with the goalies a lot, but after being left out the last time he was the same Zander about the place, relaxed and laidback. Paul Mathers always told me he’s still at it and working to improve.

 

“That’s what I want from all my players.”

Clark is out of contract in the summer and Davidson admits he’ll be doing everything to keep the Scotland squad keeper at McDiarmid Park beyond the end of the season.

The keeper isn’t the only one who is out of contract, and while Davidson admits not all of them may want to stay in Perth once their existing deal, he’s keen to try keep as many of them as possible.

“Like all the players who will be out of contract in the summer, we’ll do our best to keep them.

“Some might not want to stay but we’ll do everything we can to keep them.”

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