Mackay happy with new captain

Former St Johnstone captain Dave Mackay says Steven Anderson is the perfect choice by manager Tommy Wright to replace him as the new captain of the club.

Mackay recently announced he was hanging up his boots at the age of 36, due to a hip injury that requires surgery.

The Scottish cup winning captain says Anderson has all the qualities required to lead the Saints.

“ I think it is a good choice. Ando(Steven Anderson) has been there for god knows how long. He is a good lad and one of the most miserable guys you could ever come across, but he would do anything for anybody. I am happy to see him given the captaincy. I’m sure he will do a good job.”

Mackay has no regrets about calling it a day at Saints and will continue to work with the club helping the next generation of St Johnstone players progress.

One player in particular is goalkeeper, Zander Clark. The Saints stopper has been tipped for a possible future Scotland call up and Mackay reckons he has the talent to go a long way in the game.

“ He is outstanding, I really do believe he will go to the top of the game. He’s got everything, his stature, his kicking, which is a huge thing in football these days. Obviously, He is a great shot stopper, as we saw at the weekend as well.

I honestly believe he’s got everything to reach the top.

We are fortunate to have two good goalkeepers at the club, two first choice keepers as well. Alan Mannus will feel very hard done by being dropped, but the same could be said of Zander at the beginning of the season when he wasn’t in, but they are two very good keepers.

Zander is only 23 or 24, he’s had a couple of good years out on loan at Elgin and then two years at Queen of the South.

He’s come on leaps and bounds since I’ve been at the club and continues to impress on a daily basis.

I’m sure it won’t be too long before Gordon Strachan gets him involved in a Scotland squad.”

Reflecting on a 17 year career in the game with almost 600 appearances under his belt, the veteran defender was quick to highlight the managers who have played a crucial part in his career.

From Jim Duffy at Dundee, through to Derek McInnes, Steve Lomas and Tommy Wright at St Johnstone.

Mackay says he’s amazed that his last boss Tommy Wright has not been snatched by a bigger club north or south of the border.

“ It is to the benefit of St Johnstone that he has never left yet or nobody has come in for him or if they have come in for him, it has not been tempting enough.

I think it is only a matter of time before he does get the chance and I think he deserves the opportunity to go to a higher level.

The job he has done there is incredible with the budget and the size of club we are to continually be there, top three or top four over the last few seasons and winning a Scottish cup. It is an incredible job he has done.”

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