Gary Naysmith heaps praise on St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright following Scottish Cup win

Gary Naysmith has heaped praise on St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright who steered the Perth outfit to their first trophy in the club’s 130-year history earlier this month.

The former Ballymena United and Lisburn Distillery boss steered his team to a 2-0 victory over Dundee United in the Scottish Cup final to end the drought.

The ex-Northern Ireland goalkeeper has only been in the job for a year since taking over from fellow Ulsterman Steve Lomas when he left the club to join Millwall.

“It was a fantastic achievement by Tommy and I am sure it helped that he wasn’t walking in blind to the job having worked under Lomas, but it is no more than what you would expect from a man of his ability.” said the former international.

“St Johnstone are very well drilled side and they are also capable of playing good football and, since taking over, he has really made progress and moved the club on.

“I know Tommy’s assistants speak very highly of him and he will be buzzing with what he has achieved.”

Naysmith also said that Lurgan man Neil Lennon is ready to move straight into a job in the Barclay’s Premier League after his surprise decision to quit as Celtic manager.

“It came as a bit of a surprise to a lot of people but sometimes in management you get a gut feeling that it’s time to move on.” added Naysmith during a break in his UEFA Pro Licence coaching studies at Stranmillis College in Belfast.

“Maybe it was the lack of a challenge as you can be sure Celtic will win the league again next season and not having Rangers in the SPL perhaps didn’t help in that regard.

“Anyway, I feel there is no reason why Neil can’t go straight into a Premier League job in England and he did superbly to get Celtic into the last 16 of the Champions League in 2013.

“He has managed one of the biggest clubs in the world and I think if Celtic were playing in the top flight in England then they would finish in the top five.”