There have been messages pouring in from old high schools to Derby County as St Johnstone lift the League Cup for the first time in their history.
A Shaun Rooney header in the first half sealed the historic day for Callum Davidson’s side as they beat Livingston 1-0 in the Hampden showpiece. It ends Celtic dominance of the trophy, the Hoops having won the previous four finals.
With the way things are due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a top six Premiership push to mount too, some champagne has been left on ice by manager Callum Davidson: “It is just one of those things. The players will just have to realise that it is the way it is just now.
“Hopefully we can get something in June when Covid starts to clear and they allow gatherings and we can celebrate with people back in Perth. “It is really important we do it because you do not win trophies very often – 137 years for St Johnstone to win this one so we need to make sure we celebrate properly. “
A party is on the horizon but plenty have already sent their messages of praise to the Saints. Derby County have sent their congratulations after much-loved former Rams star Craig Bryson lifted the cup.
Rooney’s former high school have got in on the act while several other former players, including those from the Scottish Cup final in 2014, have sent their messages to St Johnstone and Davidson’s squad.
GET INNNN 😍💙 https://t.co/ZwlPNoM6TQ
— Danny Mc (@DannyMcNamara32) February 28, 2021
Congratulations, Brys 👏
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) February 28, 2021
— Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic ( with a 🌹😷) (@BonnyriggRose) February 28, 2021
Played with this man for a number of years. When I saw this today it brought a smile to my face. Was gutted for him in 2014 and today. But this pic tells a story about him. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/OFax99qfHX
— Chris Millar (@MidgeyMillar) February 28, 2021
Go on the Saintees 💪🏼@StJohnstone
— Jody Morris (@morriskid) February 28, 2021
Congratulations to @StJohnstone our good luck message today to former pupil Shaun Rooney @roons96 must have helped. Well done Shaun from everyone at CNHS 👏🙌⚽️ @cardyPE pic.twitter.com/XAqRPpQgTy pic.twitter.com/trgTcrPN1n
— Cardinal Newman HS (@CN_HS) February 28, 2021
The players themselves have enjoyed the emotional celebrations at Hampden, although as manager Davidson alluded too, thoughts will need to quickly turn to Hamilton Accies on Wednesday night as the final stretch of Premiership matches begin.
WE ARE PERTH💙💙💙💙
— Liam Gordon (@_LiamGordon) February 28, 2021
— Zander_Clark (@Zanderr1) March 1, 2021
A moment that will last forever with a club that means so much to me 💙 pic.twitter.com/PWpL4sgWdZ
— Liam Craig (@lc10media) February 28, 2021
— Craig Bryson (@cbryson44) February 28, 2021
— Jason Kerr (@JasonKerr08) February 28, 2021
— Jamie McCart (@JamieMcCart123) February 28, 2021
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