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St Johnstone: Murdo Fraser MSP calls for ‘magnificent’ Scottish Cup winners to be granted the Freedom of Perth

St Johnstone's Jason Kerr lifts the trophy after the final whistle during the Scottish Cup final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Saturday May 22, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.
St Johnstone lift the Scottish Cup.

St Johnstone’s “magnificent” cup glory has prompted calls for the team to be granted the Freedom of Perth.

The Perth team beat Hibs one-nil on Saturday to lift the Scottish Cup just three months after they won the League Cup.

Murdo Fraser MSP.
Murdo Fraser MSP.

Fans were delighted at the win and were excited to welcome Saints back to McDiarmid Park following the victory.

‘Magnificent achievement’

Murdo Fraser MSP has lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament calling for the Freedom of Perth to be presented to the team.

It comes after The Courier highlighted the accolade “must surely be under consideration” for St Johnstone.

Mr Fraser congratulated them on their “incredible” win, which made them one of the few clubs to achieve the cup double.

St Johnstone fans were delighted at the team's success.
St Johnstone fans were delighted at the team’s success.

Mr Fraser said: “St Johnstone winning the Scottish Cup was a magnificent achievement and by doing so, they made it a cup ‘double,’ which is just incredible.

“It was just a shame that there were no supporters allowed at Hampden Park to enjoy the occasion due to Covid-19 restrictions in Glasgow.

“Not many football clubs achieve a cup double – especially outside of the Old Firm – so for St Johnstone to do so has really put Perth on the footballing map.

“The players involved in achieving this will be written into the club’s folklore and rightly be regarded as legends.”

He added: “I feel it is only fitting that considerations be made to grant the club the Freedom of Perth, when it is safe to do, as a reward for all their incredible efforts.

“I have lodged a Motion at the Scottish Parliament congratulating Saints on winning the cup double and have asked Members to back the move to grant the club the Freedom of Perth.”

Freemen of Perth

The prestigious Freedom of Perth has been granted to a number of individuals and groups to commemorate their achievements.

Other Burgesses and Freemen of the City of Perth include former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, the Royal British Legion Scotland and HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

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