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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 March 2007, 09:45 GMT
Scotland disappointed at racism
Jason Scotland
Scotland celebrates Saints' second goal at Fir Park
St Johnstone's Jason Scotland feels he answered the racism from a section of Motherwell fans with the winning strike in the Scottish Cup quarter-final.

The Trinidad and Tobago forward netted the second goal in a 2-1 victory, after a small number in Fir Park's main stand twice indulged in abuse.

"It's the first time it has happened to me so I'm very disappointed," he said.

"I was delighted to score to put us in the semi-final, but to play in Scotland and get that kind of abuse is awful."

Around a dozen home fans were reprimanded by the vast majority around them and did not repeat the chants after police and stewards were alerted.

We've played against top sides in the past and have done well so we fancy our chances against anyone

Jason Scotland

The former Dundee United striker, 28, was elevated to national celebrity status last summer as he was the closest Scotland came to the World Cup.

But he admitted he had been upset by his experience last night, which took him by surprise.

"To be fair I really didn't take it on, I was just playing my normal game.

"I probably heard it but I didn't really pay any attention," he added.

"But the best way to react is with that goal and to let my football do the talking."

Owen Coyles' men have enjoyed victories over Rangers, Dundee United and Falkirk in both cup competitions this season.

And the Perth outfit will face either Celtic, Hibernian or Dunfermline Athletic in the semi-final.

Scotland nonetheless is confident of Saints' ability to rise to the occasion once more.

"Having played against top sides in the past we have done well, so we fancy our chances against anyone," he explained.

"We are delighted to play in the semi-final and play in a big occasion and hopefully we'll put in a big performance.

"People can say all kind of stuff about us, but this was a good result and at St Johnstone we let our football do the talking."



SEE ALSO
Motherwell 1-2 St Johnstone
28 Feb 07 |  Scottish Cups
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