Jim Goodwin knows it hasn’t been easy for Collin Quaner at St Mirren following a spell with Huddersfield Town – but silverware would make up for the past.
The German forward arrived at St Mirren in the winter with a big reputation, having played regular Premier League football with Huddersfield Town only a few seasons ago. But Goodwin ruled him out for the rest of the season with injury earlier this month after only three appearances.
Quaner has made a quicker recovery and the Huddersfield Town cult hero shone from the bench in a surprising appearance as St Mirren fueled their ambition of finishing seventh in the Scottish Premiership with a 3-1 win over Ross County. Now with a Scottish Cup quarter-final to look forward to, Goodwin hopes he can pick up a trophy.
Goodwin said: “Seventh is where we want to go, but it will be difficult because we’ve got good teams like Dundee United and Motherwell in there competing with us. That’s where we want to be, and we’ve never finished in seventh since the Premiership was formed so it would be a nice way to cap off the season.
“If you’d offered me a point before this, considering the injury list we had, I might have taken it, but the boys were brilliant. We didn’t have great options off the bench but I’m delighted for Lee Erwin getting through the final 90 minutes and scoring a fantastic goal.
“Collin Quaner… we have seen glimpses of the big man and what he can do. This is why we brought him to the club in January and made the level of investment in him we did. But we haven’t managed to keep him fit. If we manage to do that between now and the end of the season and he helps us win the Scottish Cup, all will be forgiven.”
For Ross County manager John Hughes, defensive errors haunted him: “In the second half, it’s the same old story – we can’t keep that back door shut. For me, it’s not great goals, they are self-inflicted. Our first line of defence should be from the front.
“The fundamental stuff we have to be better at, but we’ve been saying that all season. You can coach it all you like, they need to do it on the pitch.”