There’s big games like a trip to Motherwell and League Cup quarter-final with Rangers ahead – and St Mirren keeper Jak Alnwick’s thankful that he’s got such games to look forward to.

The Saints face Motherwell in the Premiership on Saturday before a League Cup last eight tie with former side Rangers. It’s been a stop-start term for the Buddies as they have been hit hard with Covid issues of all kinds.

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They’ve not had to go looking for trouble. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Alnwick himself had a positive test and has explained how it affected him and some of his teammates who also caught the virus: “The first couple of days I felt under the weather.

“It wasn’t Covid-19 symptoms though which is why I was surprised when it came back positives. But the symptoms are changing all the time and everyone is different. I felt under the weather for 48 hours then I was back to normal.

“It was more sitting in the house for 10 days that was more the frustrating part which is obviously not what I am used to. It’s a different situation for me as physically it’s not as hard as it would be for an outfield player.

The former Rangers man is feeling fine now.

The former Rangers man is feeling fine now. (Photo by Chris Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“But if you miss 10 days training without a virus it would take you a week to get back up to speed. There’s different people who are affected differently. Most of our lads seem to be back to normal. There’s lads who have had it who have played every week.

“Looking at the death rates, the complications that this has had, we have been lucky as a club that all of our lads have managed to come through it.”

Games against the Steelmen and Rangers are two big ones for Jim Goodwin’s side. It’s two matches that Alnwick is looking forward to with the Buddies hitting form, currently unbeaten in eight, albeit sitting bottom of the league after SPFL punishment for Covid-19 protocol breaches.

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Alnwick faces former club Rangers next week. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Motherwell are in a position where they should be higher than they are,” said Alnwick ahead of the trip to Fir Park. “A couple of games they dominated early on and they ended up losing.

“They have a lot of players who were there last season and a couple of Scotland internationals. It’s going to be a tough fixture but we know we can compete against the best teams. There’s nothing to fear.

“Rangers are unbelievable, but someone has to beat them, so why can’t it be us? It’s pointless looking at them being unbelievable. You look at the Barcelona teams, Liverpool, eventually they get beat.

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Backing a St Mirren shock against Rangers. (Alan Harvey / SNS Group / Getty Images)

“Hopefully that can be us. We know that they are a great side. No matter what changes, we need to focus on ourselves. We caused an upset against Aberdeen so why can’t we do it again?”

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