St Johnstone central defender Steven Anderson is “desperate” to play in Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final against Dundee United.
The former United youth player has been at Saints for 10 years and has seen the club progress step by step since he arrived at McDiarmid Park.
Now he’s hoping they can move further forward by winning the cup.
“We’ve had a good season,” said Steven.
“It started with that fabulous win over Rosenborg in the Europa League, we reached the League Cup semis and finished in the top six.
“Now we have the Scottish Cup Final to look forward to.”
It’s going to be a big year for Steven as it’s his testimonial year, a reward for his decade of great service, 10 years which have seen Steven go on a journey with the club which has seen them rise to become a prominent top league club.
And Steven believes the McDiarmid Park side have shown they have steel as well as flair, a fact proved by the way they came from 3-1 down at home to Celtic in the Premiership a couple of weeks ago to draw 3-3.
“We made a lot of changes for that game and the fact we came back from being two down to get a draw shows the depth of pool we have.
“We showed real character, the same as we did in our Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen when we came from a goal behind to seal victory,” Steven went on.
“When I first came to St Johnstone, I didn’t realise how big a deal the Scottish Cup was.
“As the years have gone by, I have come to realise just what it will mean to win it.
“The league is our bread and butter. However, a Scottish Cup win is so important. And I can’t wait for Saturday.”