Michael Duberry hopes St Johnstone can reach the Scottish Cup final
Former St Johnstone defender Michael Duberry hopes his old club can make it through to the Scottish Cup Final
By Dev Trehan
Last Updated: 09/03/14 6:35pm
St Johnstone were 3-1 winners over Raith Rovers on Saturday and have been drawn to play Celtic's conquerors Aberdeen in the last four of the competition.
Duberry knows his old side have got their work cut out but insists they should put all thoughts of winning the competition to one side and just focus on progressing from their semi-final tie.
"It's a massive achievement for them and I hope they can go further," Duberry told skysports.com "As a club I think it's the semi-final stage that has been the bogey for them, not the quarters.
"Recently it seems the semi-finals have been that brick wall that they have been unable to overcome so hopefully now that they've got to that stage they can overcome it.
"For now they should just try and get over that semi-final hurdle and get into that final. Once they get past that then hopefully the floodgates can open for them in terms of winning some trophies and honours."
The tie with Aberdeen means a reunion for St Johnstone with former manager Derek McInnes - the man who signed Duberry.
"The manager at the time I was there was Derek McInnes and he's now gone to Aberdeen and done really well in taking them to second place in the league.
"Owen Coyle has also been there. Steve Lomas went in and did a great job and they've had European nights as well in recent times which have been brilliant."
The former Chelsea and Leeds United defender joined the Perthshire club four years ago after spells at Stoke, Reading and Wycombe Wanderers.
Duberry retired in October and the 38-year-old says his time at St Johnstone was truly unforgettable.
"I remember my time there fondly, they're my SPL team and I have only happy memories," he said. "I always keep tabs on their progress and I still speak to the fans now on Twitter.
"They're one of the few clubs in football that are self-sufficient. They don't have big debts looming over their heads - it's a great club and long may that continue.
"I cannot speak highly enough of the fans there at McDiarmad Park. They gave me one of the best send offs I've ever experienced in football in my last game for them.
"I spent 18 good months there which rejuvenated my spirit again. I love the club and it's difficult to put into words what I feel about the club."