Boss hails de­fender’s per­for­mance at Celtic

Perthshire Advertiser - - HOUSE HOME - Matthew Gal­lagher

Aaron Com­rie St John­stone man­ager Tommy Wright yes­ter­day heaped praise on young de­fender Aaron Com­rie af­ter the week­end draw at Celtic. The 20-year-old full back, a former Park­head youth player, was hoisted into the Perth line-up for what was his first start in the Pre­mier­ship. Wright had no con­cerns about throw­ing Com­rie in against the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons who were pushed close to los­ing their now 53-game un­beaten do­mes­tic record. “Aaron had a very good de­but,” Wright told the Perthshire Ad­ver­tiser. “It was his first start but re­mem­ber, he played for most of a game coming off the bench at Hamil­ton. We talked about it with him ear­lier in the week and go­ing in at Celtic Park shows how highly we rate him.

“He took it in his stride and cer­tainly wasn’t daunted by the prospect. He was re­leased by Celtic so it was nice for him to go back.

“Aaron had a very good pre-sea­son, in­clud­ing a game against Rangers, and he will push Richard Fos­ter all the way this sea­son.

“We have a num­ber of young de­fend­ers who are all pro­gress­ing very well. They are more than ca­pa­ble of step­ping in. We know we can rely on them this year.”

Com­rie’s af­ter­noon started in un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with team-mate Mur­ray David­son on the edge of the Celtic box.

David­son re­quired ex­ten­sive treat­ment on the pitch be­fore be­ing stretchered off in a neck brace and then taken to hos­pi­tal.

The mid­fielder is now re­cov­er­ing and Wright con­firmed: “Mur­ray got out of hos­pi­tal af­ter a pre­cau­tion­ary CT scan.

“He was out for the count. He went up for a chal­lenge with Scott Brown but ac­tu­ally col­lided with Aaron Com­rie and the young lad needed a cou­ple of stitches to the side of his head.

“It’s down to how Mur­ray plays. He is such a whole-hearted foot­baller. It’s just as well

he’s not a boxer. Mur­ray would have been ruled out of any game this week­end but the only dam­age was to a bro­ken tooth which will have to be re­paired.

“The med­i­cal team will keep an eye on him un­til he is ready to re­turn to train­ing but we have given the play­ers a few days off this week be­fore we be­gin pre­par­ing for the next match against Hibs.”

Dur­ing those few days off, the Perth play­ers will be re­flect­ing on a start to the sea­son which has left the McDiarmid Park club sit­ting on 10 points af­ter four league games.

Un­beaten boss Wright said:“It’s great to get to 10 points and hope­fully we can get the next 10 as quickly.

“I think ev­ery­one was say­ing the best we could get was nine points be­cause we were play­ing Celtic. We nearly got 12 but I am pleased with the start we have made to the sea­son.

“I have been de­lighted with the con­tri­bu­tion ev­ery­one has made.

“We haven’t got any more in­jury wor­ries. There would have been a few stiff bod­ies on Sun­day but that’s what you ex­pect play­ing a side like Celtic who dom­i­nate the ball so much.

“You al­ways like to go into the in­ter­na­tional breaks on the back of a good re­sult.”


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