St Johnstone’s double hero Shaun Rooney thought he might have had a chance to be called up to Scotland


St Johnstone’s two-time hero Shaun Rooney believed he might have stood a chance of being picked for Scotland thanks to his superb 2021 form.

The right-back, who scored the Hampden Park winner in both the Betfred Cup final and then the Scottish Cup final, traveled to London to watch the Auld Enemy Euro clash 2020 Friday night with the tartan army.

But it had crossed the 24-year-old’s mind amid his purple patch with the Saints that he might have been called up to Steve Clarke’s squad.

“Probably, yes,” Rooney told the Open Goal podcast.

“Obviously that didn’t happen.

“I thought fat Jason Kerr could have been the first to be fair or Jamie (McCart).”

Rooney, who returns on Monday for the Saints’ preseason training, believes the star player most likely to be lured away from McDiarmid Park this transfer window is Northern Ireland international Ali McCann.

“I don’t know if we will keep Ali mccann“said former Inverness man Caley Thistle.” That’s the main thing, isn’t it.

“What a player. He will go to the top.

Meanwhile, young midfielder Alex Ferguson will spend next season on loan with Edinburgh City, the Perth club have confirmed.

LONG READ: The Shaun Rooney Story – Hero of St Johnstone’s Cup