Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Callum Davidson: I have big job to do at St Johnstone after survival success

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson (right) celebrates with goalscorer Stevie May (Andrew Milligan/PA)
St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson (right) celebrates with goalscorer Stevie May (Andrew Milligan/PA)

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson stressed he had a major job on his hands once the elation of their late escape from cinch Premiership relegation subsides.

Saints secured their top-flight status for a club record 14th consecutive season after netting four times in the second half against Inverness on Monday to seal a 6-2 aggregate play-off win.

Davidson is determined to ensure next season goes more smoothly after injury problems and the late sales of Jason Kerr and Ali McCann in August left his side up against it.

“We have got a really big job ahead of us, a really big job,” said Davidson, who claimed their play-off win was bigger than winning the Scottish Cup and League Cup the previous year.

“We started the season with a lot of injuries and lost a few players as we all know. I lost key players to injury, we had nine players out on Monday, probably seven or eight starters, and still managed to win.

“Credit to the squad, it is really important that we get that right. It will be a big ask and we will need to get the recruitment done and make sure we start the season strongly to give ourselves a chance to stay in the league first and foremost and then see what we can do after that.

“There will some comings and goings. We just need to make sure we get the right players in that fit St Johnstone and that character.”

The season had some highs, including a draw with Galatasaray in Turkey and a close encounter with Celtic in the Premier Sports Cup semi-finals.

But Davidson admits he learned a whole new side of management following his extraordinary debut campaign.

Saints recovered from losing their last eight Premiership games of 2021 – in between seeing their defence of both cup competitions end.

“Last season was fun,” the 45-year-old said. “Last season was really enjoyable. This season was mentally tough, we had to dig deep. I had to dig deep myself at certain times, when I thought ‘what more can I do?’

“It’s a really difficult time as a player but what we did was, we stuck together. We had a pact from January, we basically stuck together and all the boys bought into it, and finally we got there.

“I have learned a lot. I am a lot grumpier when we lose. I don’t particularly like losing. I don’t mind when we perform well. But it has asked me different questions than last year, a lot of different things to deal with.

“I am just glad as a group, my staff and players, that we have come through it.

“I am happy for all of them. I am happy for the club because relegation was a big, big, big worry in the back of my mind, people would be losing their jobs, wage cuts, all the rest of it.

“It’s great pressure trying to win a trophy but a lot different pressure trying to stay in the league.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]