St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin knows his side have four “incredibly difficult” games coming up in the run up to Christmas – but the Irishman is relishing the challenge of trying to pick up as many points as possible against Aberdeen, Hibs, Celtic and Rangers.

First up is a trip to Pittodrie later this afternoon and Goodwin has belief that his players share his mindset as he suggested it could actually ease the pressure on his side a little with the difficult run ending with a clas against Rangers on Boxing Day.

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After eight draws from sixteen league games, the Buddies could – and probably should – be in a better position in the league and Goodwin thinks the next four games are the ones his players should be looking forward to playing in.

“We’ve got four incredibly difficult games coming up, starting with Aberdeen away,” Goodwin said.

“I don’t think any other team in and around us has got it as difficult as us in the build up to Christmas, there’s no doubt about it. But we’re really excited by it. We’re not afraid of the challenge at all.

“Sometimes it relieves the pressure a bit, because people will no doubt have us as underdogs.

“We know that those teams – Aberdeen, Hibs, Celtic and Rangers – squad-wise, strength in depth and the budget that they have were the top four teams in the country last year.

“We know how difficult it’s going to be. But we’ve already beaten Aberdeen. We drew with Hibs at Easter Road and should have won that game on the day.

“We gave Rangers a real good run for their money in Paisley the last time we played, so we’ll not shy away from the challenge. It’s what football’s all about as a manager and a player. Those are the types of big games you want to be involved in.

“The players will have no issues whatsoever in terms of raising their game for those four in particular.”

With only three wins so far this season, one of those came against the Dons in Paisley and if St Mirren can find their form in front of goal, the Buddies can seriously look at getting three points in the Granite City.

Aberdeen have hardly set the world on fire themselves this season and it is likely to come down to which side shows up on this afternoon with both the Dons and St Mirren really needing to start picking up some wins.

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