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Anderson frets on spot-kicks

St Johnstone defender Steven Anderson hopes the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen does not go to a penalty shoot-out on Sunday.

Aberdeen won the League Cup final against Inverness Caley last month after a shoot-out at Celtic Park.

But the 28-year-old centre-half has bas memories from 12 yards and would prefer to avoid the tension of such an occasion.

Anderson has featured in three William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals with Saints but lost them all.

The closest he came to victory was back in 2008 when St Johnstone took Rangers through 120 minutes of action at Hampden only to lose out in a shoot-out decider.

Anderson did not test his nerve from 12 yards that day and admits he would happily do the same at Ibrox against the Dons.

"I was at the back of the queue that day in 2008. I will take one on Sunday if necessary but I'll let the ball players go first," he said.

"We've got Stevie May and Dave Mackay in there and they can go first before I even think about it. It all comes down to nerves and I will never blame someone for missing.

"I've only taken one and that was in a Forfarshire Cup match - I skied it over the bar. I've never gotten over that one."

Watch St Johnstone take on Aberdeen this Sunday from 12.30pm live on Sky Sports 2