Hamilton’s shock 2-0 win over Aberdeen on Wednesday night has a big impact on St Mirren. The Paisley side are seven points behind Hamilton, albeit with a game in hand.
St Mirren are also four points behind Dundee, but if they want to have any chance of escaping the bottom two places in the league table, they must get three points against Livingston on Saturday.
If Oran Kearney’s side lose against Livingston, they can forget all about catching Hamilton, and it would also be very difficult to catch Dundee.
The positive aspect for St Mirren is that the bottom half of the Scottish Premiership is so unpredictable. No team has been consistent. Hamilton are a prime example of that.
On Sunday they were insipid in losing 5-0 to Rangers, but they played like a team reborn against Aberdeen. That doesn’t really apply to the Saints at the moment though, as they are on a run of seven games without a win in all competitions.
A win against Livingston on Saturday would put pressure on both Dundee and Hamilton. They should be motivated by Hamilton’s win and Dundee’s 4-0 loss to Rangers to get the points which keep their hopes of survival alive.