St Johnstone resigned to losing Zander Clark at the end of season but goalkeeper won’t take eye off ball

Callum Davidson accepts that Zander Clark won’t be a St Johnstone player forever – but knows his standards won’t drop this season.

The long-serving goalkeeper, now a Scotland international, has been a standout performer in recent times and that is not going unnoticed.

Clark, whose contract runs out in the summer, is likely to attract interest from both sides of the border.

Recent reports had noted that both Aberdeen and Dundee United were keen on a pre-contract move for the 29-year-old.

However, a venture south may well be a lucrative proposition for Clark.

Whatever happens, Perth boss Davidson is sure that his No.1 will continue to shine for Saints when Premiership action returns in a couple of weeks.

Davidson admitted: “I’ve resigned myself to the fact Zander probably won’t be staying. With the performance levels in big games and getting into the Scotland squad there is always going to be interest in him.

“I have no doubts he will keep up his professionalism and performance levels.

“Zander has been the standout player for us this season and we expect him to keep performing like that. I have no worries about him at all.

“Over the last few seasons he’s got better every year so if he goes to England to try his luck then everyone here would be happy for him.”

Davidson confirmed that Saints have had a January offer knocked back for Partick Thistle striker Zak Rudden.

He attended the weekend game between Hamilton and Partick. “Zak is a fantastic young player who scores goals but Partick Thistle have knocked back the offer we made,” Davidson said.

“We will have discussions about what we’re going to do with that but we are also looking elsewhere.”

Saints have already welcomed a striker in the window – Nadir Ciftci – while defenders Daniel Cleary and Tony Gallacher have settled well.

More arrivals are expected and Davidson said: “We are looking at a lot of things because we want to improve.

“I have in my mind what we need to bring in to do that and also the certain types we are looking for.

“With the situation we’re in, experience of Scottish football is something we are really looking at.

“We won’t make too many left-field signings, but that’s not to say we are not looking elsewhere.

“If a player comes up that would clearly make a big difference then we’re open to that. But with so many games coming thick and fast when we start up again, we can’t really afford to have a long bedding in period for players.

“The hard thing about January is you’re not always getting players who have been playing, so it’s important the ones you do bring in know what it’s going to be about.”

Reece Devine and Lars Dendoncker have already returned to parent clubs Manchester United and Brighton respectively after their loan spells were cut short.

Davidson continued: “We want to freshen up and we thank the boys for coming up from England.

“But it’s about moving forward now, we need a squad of players who are all fighting for places.

“It will be up to players to take those chances.”

Meanwhile, Viv Solomon-Otabor will not be continuing his stay with St Johnstone, the PA understands.

The winger arrived at the Perth club towards the end of November and agreed a short-term deal until January.

He made seven appearances and, in the final game before the break, assisted Chris Kane’s goal in the 3-1 defeat to Celtic.

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