ATTILA PLAYS HIDE AND SEK; Call-Offs Drive Weir Mad

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ATTILA PLAYS HIDE AND SEK; Call-Offs Drive Weir Mad


Saints Jim Weir and Attila Sekerlioglu live just two doors away - but they don't see much of each other.

When skipper Weir calls on his neighbour he usually finds him gabbing on the blower or firing off a fax.

But the star turns will stick together tomorrow night for an after-match celebration if Saints lift the Challenge Cup against Stranraer.

Weir said: "I hardly ever give Attila a lift to training. He's always on the phone and goes in a bit later than me."

Austrian ace Attila likes to keep up with the gossip from home and he explained: "My friends are always sending me copies of the local sports pages and I like to stay in touch."

One phone call home proved that Attila is a good neighbour to Weir, who will defy doctor's orders to try and win his third Challenge Cup winner's medal after successes with Hamilton in 1991 and 1992.

After the stopper smashed his nose for the sixth time Attila contacted a surgeon in Austria and had a special mask flown out for his team-mate.

But Weir won't wear it as he is superstitious.

He said: "I haven't worn it in a game because we've won most of them.

"And I would take a lot of stick from the opposition fans because it looks like a Batman mask.

"The only time I've put it on is in training last week after I went into hospital to have my nose straightened. I shouldn't be playing for another three weeks but there is no chance of me missing a cup final.

"The doctor says it's up to me and because it is not life threatening I will take a chance."

Sekerlioglu insists this is Saints' biggest game of the season so far.

He said: "I want to win all I can with St Johnstone even though this is a little trophy.

"But I appreciate it is more important for us to get back into the Premier League."

Stranraer start the Broadwood final as huge underdogs but they have a lucky mascot in the shape of Tom Black.

It could be some week for the ex-Kilmarnock defender whose wife Rachel expects their first baby on Tuesday. …

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