As St Mirren lost Vaclav Hladky in the summer, it seemed an almost impossible task for Jim Goodwin to replace the influential keeper. Given that task was Jak Alnwick following his departure from Rangers.

He had been brought to Scotland by former Rangers manager Mark Warburton. With the technical ability of an outfielder, he was set to fit into Rangers’ style of play at the time of passing out from the back. It never really happened for him though and loan spells south ensued.

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Alnwick didn’t get many chances at Rangers. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

It was expected that he would return to the EFL following the expiry of his Rangers deal but St Mirren came calling. Alnwick had a point to prove in the SPFL and he is determined to do that in Paisley.

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On the basis of the opening three matches, Alnwick is proving why Rangers signed him and that he is up to the task of replacing Hladky. His distribution has been good, as expected, but some of the shot-stopping saves he has pulled out have been top drawer.

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Whilst fairly quiet in his first game against Livingston, he showed good handling and started some passages of play with his passing. Returning to play Rangers in his next outing, he really showed his skills.

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Looked very strong. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The game finished 3-0 to the Gers largely down to Alnwick. He kept his side in the game well into the second half in terms of the scoreline, making five or six very good reaction saves to keep his former employers at bay.

As St Mirren look to avoid another battle at the bottom, winning games against teams like Hamilton will be crucial. They did just that this weekend with a 1-0 win away to Accies thanks to a Jon Obika goal, but Alnwick was arguably the star man.

Goodwin’s men could have been out of sight by half time, however, they were unable to pull further ahead. Brian Rice’s side came back into during the second 45, meaning Alnwick had to be alert.

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Jak Alnwick has started the season well. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

He made a brilliant tip over the bar to deny Ross Callachan, denying Andy Winter from point-blank range with his feet next. An even better save with his legs was to come, stopping Scott McMann from firing a bottom corner shot into the net.

Saints defended fairly well in this one, Joe Shaughnessy again a rock at the back. But Alnwick’s made some game-defining saves again in this one, leading to special praise from Goodwin post-match.

It was an unenviable task for whoever was going to replace Hladky between the sticks at St Mirren this term, but with two clean sheets from three games and a few strong displays, Alnwick looks like he’s up for the task.

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