Football - Craig signs off with parting gift

Liam Craig believes he demonstrated his commitment to St Johnstone right to the end after firing them to third spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

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The midfielder had already signed a pre-contract agreement with Hibernian and knew he had European football to look forward to with the William Hill Scottish Cup finalists next season.

But he played a big part in his last game for Saints by netting the opener in a 2-0 win over Motherwell yesterday as the Perth side beat Inverness to the final Europa League berth.

Craig said: "It is good that Hibs are in Europe next season as well so I'd be playing in it anyway.

"Since I signed the pre-contract, it was never going to change how committed I was to the club.

"Early doors, there were one or two shouts from the fans when things weren't going our way.

"That was to be expected but I think the majority of the fans knew what I was all about.

"And I am sure I have sent them home happy.

"I am just looking forward to joining Hibs in the summer.

"But getting back to back European trips for St Johnstone is a great way to leave because it is the best thing you can do without winning any of the cups."

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