St. Mirren boss Jim Goodwin is well aware of the size of task his side face tomorrow when they take on Rangers in the quarter-finals of the League Cup – but the Buddies gaffer insists there’s “an opportunity” for his side to cause a shock and book a place at Hampden for the semis.
The Paisley side go into the game on the back of an impressive win away to Motherwell last weekend but Goodwin admits that “better managers” have tried – and failed – to beat Rangers this season.
While Rangers have a well-publicised 27-game unbeaten record, St. Mirren have their own nine-game run going on and Goodwin is hopeful his side can make it ten games in a row without losing,
“Rangers will be heavy favourites to go on and win the cup but as we have all seen in recent years, particularly in this competition, there are upsets along the way,” Goodwin said.
“The fact we have them here is a bonus because playing them at Ibrox would make it even more difficult.
“There’s definitely an opportunity there and I think everyone will be willing us on on Wednesday. Every other manager that’s left in the competition will want us to cause an upset because if we are able to knock out Rangers then it’s a better opportunity for everyone.
“They are 27 games unbeaten, better managers than I am have tried to knock them down and come up short.
“But hopefully I get the tactics right, the boys perform to the levels they are capable of, and as always in big games like this, we get a little bit of luck along the way.
“Hopefully all those elements work in our favour and we do enough to get through.”