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St.Johnstone: A trip into the unknown

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So as the time ticked by on Monday morning eager Saintees waited with bated breath to hear the news, and so it came, a trip to Turkey beckoned with the opponents the little known Eskisehirspor.

Some of the more astute followers of our game will recognise them as a former club of ex-Rangers hit man Kris Boyd, but with a forty-year absence from European football to many a fan it really is a trip into the unknown.

With a technical approach they will be competent to say the least and in Pelé and recent acquisition from Besiktas Erkut Santurk who is one of Turkey’s rising stars, they have more than enough potential to scupper the Euro aspirations of Steve Lomas and his charges.

As we have discovered to our cost this season finance plays a part on all eventualities and this tie is certainly not one to buck the trend.

Eskiserhispor’s participation in this ties hinges on our friends at CAS. At the tail end of last season’s Super League, Uefa handed down a ban to Besiktas, Bursaspor and Gazientepspor from participating in European competition due to financial irregularities.

With Besiktas leading the appeals on this suspension the tie could yet be turned on its head. The CAS hearing on the 5th of July will finally settle who St Johnstone play and if Besiktas are successful in getting the decision the Perth Saints will instead be heading to Bursaspor on the 19th of July to start their long-awaited European adventure.

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