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Davidson targets Scotland run

St Johnstone's Murray Davidson has targeted further involvement with the Scotland team after making his international debut in midweek.

The midfielder earned his first cap as a late substitute as interim national team boss Billy Stark secured a 2-1 win in Luxembourg on Wednesday night.

Davidson's appearance may have lasted only a few minutes but was the first time a Saints player had represented Scotland for 80 years.

He told the SPL's official YouTube channel: "I'm delighted to get the cap. There has been a lot of support from St Johnstone - the fans, the players and people working here - so I'm thrilled.

"Eighty years is a long time and it makes you feel proud. Fingers crossed I can do it again."

Saints boss Steve Lomas said: "It's great for Murray to get a little taste of it.

"It's a reward for all the hard work he's put in since he came here from Livingston as a midfield enforcer.

"We think there's still a lot more to come from Murray.

"We want him to be a goalscoring midfielder, it's something we have asked him to try to improve and he's trying to do that.

"It's great for him and it's decent that Billy Stark has looked at clubs like Inverness and ourselves.

"It's reward for players doing well. It's given Murray a taste and that's the carrot - if he works hard, the Scotland manager is looking."

Saints secured an impressive 1-1 draw against Celtic last week and are hoping for maximum points when Ross County come calling in the SPL on Saturday.

Lomas has been impressed by Derek Adams' men so far in their season in the top flight.

He said: "All credit to Derek and his team, they've done very well. They've come up and been very competitive.

"They are very well organised and they've got good team spirit. That - with a few decent players - can hurt you.

"But we're at home and we want to get three points and we'll be aiming to do that."