He used to enjoy an away day with the fans.

And while the Perth faithful won’t be at Hampden this evening, Liam Gordon is desperate to have them celebrating from home.

The Fair City central defender is Saints through and through. Pulling on the strip in a semi-final of a national competition is significant.

“It feels to us that it is still a massive game,” Gordon said, despite no fans being allowed access due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“And what an opportunity we’ve got for the whole club.

“Within the changing room we know the level of this game and we are prepared to give everything for it.

“I have never played in a semi-final and I have never played at Hampden in a game of this magnitude. 

“I feel like we have a great opportunity to do something good here.”

It goes without saying that the memories of the 2014 Scottish Cup win still linger within the corridors of McDiarmid Park.

Gordon said: “It is something that you dream of when you are a young boy, to get silverware for club.

“That does drive me on and I would love nothing more than to be a part of something like that.

“For years to come St Johnstone fans need to still be thinking that we can go and win cups.

“I think with the squad we have now it’s young, it’s exciting the way we are playing. I genuinely feel like it is something we can look to the future for.”

Former Perth High student Gordon is no stranger to the national stadium having played at the venue numerous times with Elgin City.

It goes without saying that he is planning to have a better time of it this weekend.

“The most important one was Arbroath against Queen’s Park in the play-off final,” he recalled.  “We lost that the last kick of the ball in extra time.

“I have been reminded that I have had three games at Hampden and I’ve had three losses. That is nothing that I would ever even consider thinking about going into this game though.

“I’ve had a fair few games there but nothing of this importance.”

Gordon added: “It is a massive stadium and it still feels massive even though there’s only a select number of people there.

“It is going to be no different from what I have already played in going into this weekend due to the fact there are no fans.

“It is something that I would have loved to play in, a full Hampden in a game of this level. It would have been something special.”