Should Chris Millar feature for St Johnstone against Celtic in the Boxing Day Premiership match at McDiarmid Park, then it will be his 200th appearance for the club.
This will make him only the 40th player in the Club’s 129 years history to achieve such a milestone.
Chris started his career at Celtic but did not make any first team appearances and moved to Morton in 2003. At Cappielow he made 197 starts plus 10 sub appearances and scored 32 goals before Saints Manager Derek McInnes brought him to Perth in May 2008. Since then he has been the model of consistency in the St Johnstone midfield.
He made his debut for Saints in a Challenge Cup match at Dingwall where Saints lost 2 – 1 to Ross County. The Saints team that day was: – Euan McLean, Gary Irvine, Steven Anderson, Chris Millar, Kevin Rutkiewicz, Stuart McCaffrey, Liam Craig, Martin Hardie, Derek Holmes, Steven Milne, Paul Sheerin. Subs: – Collin Samuel ( who scored Saints goal ) Peter MacDonald, Andy Jackson, Gavin Swankie, Greg Kelly.
His St Johnstone stats in all competitions are as follows: –
Start Sub Goals
2008/09 Div 1 34 4 1
2009/10 SPL 37 4 4
2010/11 SPL 34 3 2
2011/12 SPL 28 5 0
2012/13 SPL 29 1 0
2013/14 SPFL 17 3 0
Totals 179 20 7
Included in his achievements at Perth are a First Division Championship winner, a League Cup semi final appearance against Rangers in 2010, and has appeared in 4 of Saints 6 Europa League matches over the past two seasons.
Whilst goals are somewhat rare, one that does stick in the memory was the Saints second when Rangers were thrashed 4 – 1 at McDiarmid Park in March 2010. Receiving the ball from Liam Craig, “Midge” unleashed a 25 yarder which flew past Allan McGregor into the corner of the net ( with the aid of a slight deflection off David Weir ).
In one of the strange quirks that football can sometimes throw up it is ironic that his 200th appearance could come on Thursday against his first senior club.
If he should then he will join an elite group of players which includes the likes of Steven Anderson on 271, Paul Sheerin on 231 and Liam Craig on 224. The two nearest are Sammy Johnston and Steve Maskrey who both featured 201 times in a Saints jersey.
Good luck Chris.