Kyle McAllister was hit with injuries at both Derby County and St Mirren – but now the attacker is enjoying a season with full fitness.

The winger – by his own admission – struggled with fitness when he first broke through at the Buddies but still managed to seal a move to Derby County after showing plenty of potential when fit. But fitness issues bugged him there too before heading back to St Mirren permanently last season.

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McAllister is enjoying time without injury. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As the Buddies push for a first Premiership top six spot, McAllister has enjoyed a clean bill of health: “Over the last few seasons for me there have been a lot of injuries, trying to return from one and getting another.

“This season I haven’t had any, apart from a few wee niggles. Getting me up to full full fitness has been the main focus and I think I am there now. It has been a tough few years but this season has shown I can play every week.

“The first two seasons at St Mirren when I was younger, I was never fit with my groins and that continued at Derby County. I had a tough two years there where I was injured before I came back to St Mirren on loan and had hamstring issues.

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Derby County spell was hit with injury too. (Photo by Ian McNicol/Getty Images)

“Last season I had a back issue. This season I have had a full season without a month out so hopefully it makes me better going into next year.”

A tough shift awaits McAllister and his teammates when they take on Rangers at Ibrox today. But with a top six place to clinch for the first time in the Premiership era, the stakes are high: “Rangers will obviously be looking to keep their unbeaten league run so they will probably be on flames, just like they have been in Europe.

“I mean they have kind of been unstoppable, but I don’t think we were scared of them. You always want to play against the best teams and the best players, so for us this is just another chance to show what we can do and hopefully get a result against them, even if it’s just a point. Look at Rangers, even in Europe, they’ve looked the part.

“They have been doing very well but we can say we’ve beaten this Rangers team that has been getting all these results against top sides. So that definitely gives us confidence going to Ibrox. There’s not many teams who can say they’ve beaten Rangers and Celtic in a season. We could maybe do it twice if we can get a result against Rangers on Saturday.”

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