David Wotherspoon is immensely proud of what St Johnstone have achieved this season.

But the hunger and desire to create even more history remains stronger than ever.

The high-flying Perth club go head-to-head with St Mirren at Hampden on Sunday for a spot in the Scottish Cup final.

“There is always going to be pressure in a cup semi-final, no matter what the situation is,” Wotherspoon says.

“We want our season to continue and get as much success as possible.

“European football has been talked and thought about. But in my opinion it goes to the back of your mind when Sunday comes around.

“You are just focused on the game in hand to get that result to take you into the final of the Scottish Cup.

“We’re looking forward to another trip to Hampden. That is just great for us as players and the club.

“We had a slow start to the season but I think that was just adjusting to a different style of play. We still had the belief.

“It has been a great season and we don’t want it to end. I am just massively proud of the team and everyone involved.”

A League Cup win and top six finish are already in the bank for what has become an unravelling success story in Perth.

Many factors have joined together to allow this. But Wotherspoon was quick to turn the spotlight in the direction of manager Callum Davidson who, remember, is still in his debut season. It really has been a remarkable introduction to management.

Now a time when manager of the year nominations and suggestions are thrown about, Wotherspoon would be taken aback if Davidson was not a frontrunner.

“I would have thought he has to be in with a shout for manager of the year,” the 31-year-old said.

“I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t for how well he has done in his first season. He should be up there in the nominations.

“We lost Tommy Wright at the end of last season and had the change with the new gaffer coming in.

“For him to do what he’s done is remarkable. I’m sure I speak for the boys when I say we’ve loved it, the training and how we play.

“The coaching staff have been really good. They all know each other so well and work well together as a team.”

As has been the case all season, Perth fans will have to settle for watching this weekend's game from the comfort of their own homes.

Coronavirus restrictions mean crowds are still unable to attend in person.

Wotherspoon continues to feel for them, especially missing out on a season of great success. He still feels the support, though.

He said: “Again it’s disappointing not to have the fans there. I know they’ll be watching on wishing they were in the stands to cheer us on.

“We’ve loved their support, even when they haven’t been there. They have supported us from home and we really appreciate that.

“We know how much it all means to them. So we want to bring as much success to the club as possible.”

And there is a hope that, when life does return to normality, what has been achieved this year will have had the power to inspire more people from the city to attend matches.

“We would love to see as many down at McDiarmid Park as possible when that is allowed,” Wotherspoon said.

“I’ve seen the crowds at their best, like the European nights, and it’s just a tremendous atmosphere.

“If we can get some part of that to games in the future, it would be brilliant. We hope to see everyone back soon.”