ST Johnstone star Murray Davidson went back to his roots to take a training session for the P6 and P7 squads at Leithen Vale last Saturday morning. 

And Vale’s coaches hope that his presence will inspire others to follow in his footsteps into the professional game.

The veteran midfielder grew up in Innerleithen and played for Leithen Vale before joining Livingston for whom he featured 37-times.

He moved to St Johnstone in 2009 and has contributed 43 goals and 28 assists in 408 games for the club and was part of the double cup winning side in 2021

Last season he played a pivotal role in helping the club avoid relegation and started both games against European opponents Galatasaray.

In 2012 he was capped for Scotland in a friendly against Luxembourg.

P7 coach Colin Williams said: “It was a great morning with over 30 kids taking part.

“Having Murray leading the session was fantastic and a real inspiration to the whole squad, as well giving the coaches some really useful pointers.

“Leithen Vale is really grateful to Murray for giving up his time, and fingers crossed maybe some of them will follow in his footsteps!”