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Saints’ cup triumph ‘may take months to sink in’ – Kerr

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ST JOHNSTONE captain Jason Kerr believes it might take months for their Betfred Cup achievemen­t to sink in.

But the defender is fully aware of the importance of securing a top six Scottish Premiershi­p place and will quickly shift his focus to tonight’s trip to Hamilton.

Kerr became only the second Saints skipper to lift a major trophy when the Perth side beat Livingston at Hampden on Sunday.

“A few people have said that and it doesn’t quite feel real,” the 24-year-old said.

“It’s a massive honour for me and I think it will maybe sink in a couple of months down the line. But right now it just feels so surreal.

“But I’m buzzing and really honoured that I could lift the trophy. I’m proud for the family as well, they are all really happy and had a good day.”

Kerr returned to his home in Edinburgh straight after the final while some of his team-mates travelled back to Perth on the coach.

Celebratio­ns were restricted because of the coronaviru­s pandemic but Kerr insists they would have been curtailed anyway because of their league demands.

“It was hard with the Covid regulation­s,” Kerr said. “There’s not much celebratio­ns you can have because you are meant to be social-distancing from everyone when you get off the pitch.

“And we have a game on Wednesday so we wanted to recover for that because we really want to push for top six. We have a good chance if we get maximum points from our final three league games.

“It was a good celebratio­n but there was nothing too much.

“We are all focused on getting in the top six. We have a lot of ambition to do well in the league.”

Saints are six points behind sixthplace­d St Mirren ahead of their game in hand tonight.

“It’s always a tough game against Hamilton, especially at their place,” said Kerr.

“They will be fighting to stay up and get as many points as they can. We are expecting a really tough game but we will be right up for it.”

 ??  ?? Jason Kerr with the Betfred Cup.
Jason Kerr with the Betfred Cup.

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