Magical moments don’t come around too often in football but on Sunday afternoon Tommy Wright was left to savour the unique feeling of becoming the first boss in St Johnstone’s history to guide the club to the Scottish Cup final.
Two second-half goals from Stevie May were enough to see off Aberdeen on a 2-1 scoreline, booking their spot in the showpiece for the first time in the club’s 130-year existence.
Much-fancied Aberdeen had taken the lead through Northern Ireland international Niall McGinn, but The Saints battled back and will now face Tayside rivals Dundee United in a May 17 showdown.
It’s a remarkable achievement for 50-year-old Wright who stepped into the McDiarmid Park managerial hot-seat after the departure of Steve Lomas to Millwall last year.
“I was well aware we could make history and I know how much this means to the club and its supporters. I’m delighted for everyone connected with the club,” the Ballyclare native told St Johnstone’s official website.
As the fixture generator would have it, this weekend Wright will have a chance to get a good look at Jackie McNamara’s ‘Arabs’ as United provide the opposition in a Scottish Premiership match. A win for sixth-placed St Johnstone would take them to within three points of United - a team they have beaten twice already this season.
Of course, Wright is no stranger to cup success as a manager. He steered Lisburn Distillery to a memorable League Cup win over Portadown in 2011.
Of course, it’s a much bigger stage this time around, but what a moment it would be if he could produce the same kind of managerial magic to land the Scottish Cup in his first season in charge.