St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin has identified what it takes for players to keep their place in his first-team at the club. He wants his players to keep working hard, and not to slacken off and become lazy.

Goodwin’s methods seem to be working at the moment. At the weekend St Mirren recorded their first win at Celtic Park since 1990, a 2-1 victory. Now the Saints return to action this evening against Hibernian. Goodwin explained that the players have responded to his request that they work as hard as they can.

“Now what’s required”

“The players know now what’s required to play in our team. You can’t be lazy, you can’t not be fit. We’ve had one or two players that have had to get themselves in better shape. And in fairness to them they’ve all took on board what’s been of them” he said.

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St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin watches his side defeat Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Goodwin was also impressed with one of the goals scored by St Mirren in the recent win over Celtic. Namely, Kristian Dennis’ opening goal. He feels it was the best goal scored in Scottish football last weekend.

“Don’t think there was a better goal scored”

“Having watched the game back again yesterday, and watched the highlights of all the other games, I don’t think there was a better goal scored all weekend.

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St Mirren celebrate scoring at Celtic Park (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“The first touch of the ball comes from Jak Alnwick. He chips it over (Odsonne) Edouard’s head onto Marcus Fraser. Then it’s one and two touch football all the way up the pitch, and about six seconds later the ball is in the back of the Celtic net.

“They are the kind of things that as a coach you take real joy in seeing. To get a goal of such importance at the weekend, playing that type of football was really, really pleasing” he concluded.

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