Calum Waters last played at Ibrox at 19- and the St Mirren left-back knows that he’ll face a completely new challenge when he takes on Rangers again.

The Buddies travel to Govan tonight to face Rangers. It comes off the back of Scottish Cup weekend in which Jim Goodwin’s side beat Broxburn Athletic 3-0.

Waters is on loan from Kilmarnock. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

It was a quiet afternoon for the Kilmarnock loanee but he knows he’ll be very busy against Rangers. He last faced them as a 19-year-old in Championship action with Dumbarton.

It’s an experience the full-back hasn’t forgotten about since and Waters says that a positive mentality will be key to any success St Mirren are to have in their Ibrox match.


“I have only started one game at Ibrox and it was with Dumbarton, I was 19,” said Waters. “It was really good. It was the day that if they won they could have got promoted back up to the Premiership.

“It was a full house and hopefully it’ll be like that on Wednesday. I went from Dumbarton where it was maybe 1,000 people, if even that, to around 50,000. It was the first time I’d played in front of a crowd like that.

St Mirren left-back Waters has faced Rangers at Ibrox before.

St Mirren left-back Waters has faced Rangers at Ibrox before. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Even though we got beat, we played well that night and it was a really good experience. I’d say you can’t get too emotional with the crowd, try and block them out. When you get the ball, make the most of it, because you don’t get much of it.

“When you get that wee chance to go forward you’ve got to take. You can’t win every game, someone’s going to have to beat Celtic or Rangers. Why can’t it be us?”

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