Steven Anderson does not blame new Gers player Ryan Jack for the Murray Park incident that sidelined him for a month and made him miss out of featuring in Europe for St Johnstone.

The Saints captain accidently clashed with the Rangers player but he is set to return against Hartlepool after missing the FK Trakai game.

“It was accidental. Ryan Jack didn’t mean it. There was nothing malicious about the tackle and he was quick to apologize. These things happen in football. He just slipped and my leg was planted. So I was fortunate I didn’t do more damage to the knee,” he said when asked if he blames the Rangers new boy.

Anderson said the team thought the injury would be worse but that they were all relieved when the scan results returned informing them it was just bone bruising. He admitted that missing European football was “frustrating” and that not being available for the Trakai match was “more depressing.”

The team failed to get the needed goals in Lithuania and at home so they crashed out of the tournament but Anderson is happy that there is a chance against Norkopping. The player adds that European football was “always a bonus” so reaching that height was “an achievement for St Johnstone.”

Anderson is back in training and he is setting his sights on the Hartlepool game. He said the European fixtures and preparations for the new season prolong the pre-season but he is confident in the strength of the dressing room. He adds that he is getting ready for the new league season, with the opening game at Kilmarnock.

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