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Craig Ritchie

Jack Ross hailed his St Mir­ren he­roes as his­tory boys as he cel­e­brated the side’s Cham­pi­onship suc­cess.

The Saints boss strug­gled for su­perla­tives to de­scribe the team af­ter Satur­day’s draw with Liv­ingston con­firmed their re­turn to the top flight af­ter three years away.

Saints will be crowned d this week­end when the ti­tle party rolls back in to town for the tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion at the game against Mor­ton.

And the gaffer in­sists his troops should savour ev­ery mo­ment.

“These boys are in the his­tory books now for r this club and that is a bril­liant achieve­ment”, Ross said, “To do it in front of this crowd was fit­ting.

“I must ad­mit I was a bit emo­tional at the end. I think it was just a real hap­pi­ness for what we have done and I am so pleased for the group and the sup­port­ers.

“They have backed me through­out a long pe­riod, and a dif­fi­cult pe­riod, so I was pleased we were able to re­ward them with a day like that. These next cou­ple of weeks will be re­ally en­joy­able for us be­cause we will en­joy ev­ery minute of ev­ery cel­e­bra­tion.”

St Mir­ren sim­ply ran away with the ti­tle this sea­son fol­low­ing a breath­tak­ing turn­around in for­tunes for a club that this time last year were bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship and star­ing rel­e­ga­tion in the face. But Ross Ro ad­mits he was just r re­lieved to get the job don done.

He added: “I think th the ini­tial feel­ing is re re­lief for me when the fi fi­nal whis­tle went. But b be­yond that I have a hu huge amount of pride in that th group of play­ers. “W “What they have given for me no not just this sea­son, but over the past 16 months, is out­stand­ing.

“We were very clear from day one in pre-sea­son that this is what we wanted to achieve.

“It will be the same next sea­son and we will be set­ting tar­gets from the mo­ment we be­gin our work again.”

Up for it Jack Ross gets a lift from his play­ers at the fi­nal whis­tle on Satur­day

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