They have shocked Rangers once this term – but Jim Goodwin says that St Mirren lacked a bit of ruthlessness to make it happen again.
The Buddies lost 2-0 to Rangers in the final game of 2020, a deflected Kemar Roofe goal opening the scoring before a slack pass at the back allowed Alfredo Morelos to score the second.
St Mirren have been flying high in recent weeks but manager Goodwin says a bit of cutting edge was missing against the side they eliminated from the League Cup earlier this month.
He said: “We’re disappointed to lose the game. The first goal, there wasn’t really a lot we could have done better. There was no-one I could point the finger at. We spoke about matching runs that the Rangers players make and they’ve got quality players that can pick the right pass.
“I think Conor McCarthy has matched Kemar Roofe pretty much all the way. He’s got half a block in but unfortunately Jak Alnwick was already diving the wrong way. He couldn’t get to it unfortunately.
“To lose the second one the way we did was really disappointing. It’s a mistake from the big man. These things happen and now we have to go again. It’s only five or six minutes after losing the first goal.
“Before that we had a great chance to open the scoring when Allan McGregor spills to Jon Obika and it just wouldn’t fall for us. These are the moments against Celtic and Rangers when opportunities are always going to be limited.
“You need to be ruthless and clinical and unfortunately on that occasion we weren’t and soon found ourselves with a huge mountain to climb. But I think the shape of the team worked well.
“That was why we went with the same eleven as the cup game because the players knew what was asked of them. It was a task to go and replicate that and at times in the second half I thought we denied them getting any real rhythm in the game.”
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