Following their historic League and Scottish Cup double St Johnstone FC are set to be awarded the Freedom of Perth.
Saints beat Livingston 1-0 on February 28th to lift the League Cup for the first time in their history and then followed it up on May 22nd with a 1-0 win over Hibernian to lift the Scottish Cup for the second time.
Provost Dennis Melloy said: “St Johnstone’s success over the past season has been a shining light for the city in what have often been dark times. Awarding the Freedom of the City to St Johnstone is a fitting recognition of their amazing success this season.”
Councillors will be asked to vote to approve awarding the Freedom of the City to Saints when Perth & Kinross Council meet on June 23rd.
Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region commented “I am absolutely delighted that Perth and Kinross Council has decided to give the Freedom of Perth to St Johnstone – it is a fitting reward for a tremendous, historic season in which they achieved the remarkable feat of winning a cup double. This will be a moment to savour for all associated with the club and is richly deserved.”
While St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown said: “For our Football Club to be considered for the Freedom of Perth is totally unexpected and we are proud and humbled to have been nominated.”
The Freedom of the City ceremony will take place once Coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed.
The last Freedom ceremony took place in 2019 to mark the retirement of the previous Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Brigadier Sir Melville Jameson.