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.

Livingston v St. Johnstone - Betfred Cup Final

Rooney scored the winner. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

The former Derby County man has lifted the cup.

The former Derby County man has lifted the cup. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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