CALLUM Booth has hailed his double tackle in the lead-up to St Johnstone’s Scottish Cup winner as the best challenge of his career.

The full-back, from Haddington, came out on top against fellow East Lothian resident Martin Boyle before winning a 50/50 duel against Paul McGinn.

David Wotherspoon seized possession and crossed for Shaun Rooney to head home the only goal of the game.

Booth was delighted to play his part in the winning goal that secured a historic cup double for Callum Davidson’s Saints.

Asked if his tackles were the most memorable of his career, the wing-back said: “Definitely. At the time, I didn’t really realise people would be talking about it so much.

“When we were out in Perth afterwards, there were a lot of people saying those two tackles were amazing. I am probably not renowned for my defending or my tackling too much. It was just two big lunges and slide tackles, and a little bit of luck.

“It was the perfect goal, it had a little bit of everything in it: a bit of aggression with the tackles, a bit of skill with Wotherspoon’s cross and a header to win it.”

Booth now has a League Cup, Scottish Cup and a Challenge Cup medal to his name.

He said: “I’ll need to go for the Premiership next season so I I’ve got all four of them!

“Someone said that to me the other day and that’s right.

“I think it might be unique to have the three cup trophies in Scotland and to have won them all. It’s unbelievable to be honest, just amazing.

“It’s something I’m very proud of – the Scottish Cup is beyond my wildest dreams. I never thought I’d get my hands on that. It just caps off an unbelievable season for us.”

The former Hibernian defender said the weekend’s celebrations were easily the highlight of his career to date.

He said: “The fans not being able to witness it and see that game was the only thing missing. To come back to the stadium and see them all there on Saturday was brilliant.

“To spend an hour or so with them showing them the trophy was a great experience. It must have been hard for them not being able to watch the most successful season in the history of the club.

“I’ve actually done not too bad sleep-wise. I think a few of the boys are a little bit disappointed in my performance over the weekend. I enjoyed myself, I had a good few drinks over both days, but I was in my bed fairly early on both days.

“Luckily, I won’t see the boys for five weeks now so they can’t abuse me for going home too early!

“It was a perfect couple of days and now I’m back to see the family for a couple of weeks.”

On winning the Scottish Cup against his former side Hibernian, Booth added: “If someone had said that would happen at the start of the season, I would just have been baffled.

“David Wotherspoon and I both spent so many years at Hibs and came up through the ranks there. For us to play a part in the goal which beat them in the Scottish Cup final was just crazy.

“The two of us were both let go by Hibs and then we come back all these years later is incredible.

“We don’t have any hard feelings towards Hibs at all but I suppose it does make it that extra special to beat the club we grew up at.”