He’s had to be patient at the Buddies – but Kyle McAllister insists he’ll be ready to go whenever St Mirren need him.

The winger came off the bench at the weekend to inspire Jim Goodwin’s men to victory, notching two assists as they beat St Johnstone 3-2. It was his 12th appearance of the season, only five of which have been starts.

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But that doesn’t bother him too much, saying he’s happy to help when called upon: “I’ve been waiting for a chance for a while. I have come on a few times over the last month and the gaffer brings me on for a reason and on Saturday it worked out.

“It was good to get two assists and change the game but fair play to the two strikers for getting their goals as well. I felt like bringing on some subs meant we could find space that some of the tired players who have played a lot recently weren’t finding.

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“We got in spaces, we got that free-kick, got a goal and then put on pressure from there. When the gaffer calls on me I am here to do my job.”

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It was a result that made it 11 games unbeaten for the Paisley Saints, now just four points separating 5th and 11th in the Scottish Premiership.

After a tough start full of Covid-19 problems, McAllister believes the real St Mirren have come to the fore: “Saturday’s win gives us a big boost and we believe we can go on and beat anybody.

“Look at the performance on Wednesday night against Rangers and then against St Johnstone on Saturday. We are 2-1 down and over the last few years you would look and think ‘St Mirren aren’t coming back’, but we are changing.

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Tide is turning. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“We are getting better at getting goals which we were struggling with at the start of the season. Hopefully we just keep doing what we are doing and we keep getting results. Obviously last season was tough for everyone because of the virus and everything.

“It is a great place to be just now, even players who aren’t getting much game time. They are still as happy as everyone else and are waiting for their chance. When the team is playing well and getting results, the place is buzzing.

“Hopefully we can keep it a happy place for the rest of the season.”

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