Aberdeen provide early season test

Fans get their first opportunity of the new season to see the team in action on Sunday when Saints take on Aberdeen at McDiarmid Park in Chris Millar’s Testimonial match.

Tommy Wright will give an outing to most of the squad although a couple of regulars are likely to miss out as a precaution due to niggling strains and the Saints boss is also hopeful that trialists who attended the recent training camp in Austria can be fielded.

Goalkeeper Dean Lyness and striker Arthur Njo-Lea both showed enough in Obertraun to justify an extended look at them.

Former Burton Albion and Blackpool keeper Lyness was most recently with Nuneaton Town and the 26 year old is now looking for a club.

Swiss born Njo-Lea has just left Belgian side Royal Excelsior Virton and is aged 22.

Both Tommy Wright and Derek McInnes see this game as important parts of their build-up to the new campaign and with the exception of Midgey kicking the game off and playing the final minutes it’s a full-scale game as the respective clubs count down to the competitive action to come.

There will, however, be something lighter at half-time as former players from the 1999 League Cup Final Squad take on some of the 2014 Scottish Cup Winners in a penalty shoot-out.

It’s a 2pm kick off on Sunday and Saints fans will be able to access the whole of the West Stand with the Aberdeen support in the North Stand. The East Stand and South Stand will not be open.

Admission is priced at £15 for all adults, £5 for Under 16s and Under 5s are free of charge. A reminder that as this is a testimonial match organised under the auspices of the Chris Millar Testimonial Committee, season tickets are NOT valid for this game.