St Mirren boss thinks teams deserve more credit for Rangers and Celtic struggles

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin thinks Scottish Premiership sides deserve more credit for taking points from Rangers and Celtic rather than immediately highlighting where the Old Firm are going wrong.

The Buddies welcome Rangers to Paisley tomorrow as they look to make it four Premiership wins in a row for the first time since 2008 and the Irishman doesn’t think there’s enough recognition of the hard work teams are putting in to close the gap to the Old Firm.

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While Goodwin insists some of the criticism of Rangers’ form has been over the top, the St Mirren boss pointed to a number of other Premiership sides who are capable of making life difficult for the Glasgow giants.

“It’s always the case when Celtic and Rangers drop points it’s always documented about how poor those teams were. I don’t think enough recognition is given to the hard work of the opposition,” Goodwin said.

“People talk about Rangers in particular not reaching the targets of last season but I actually think they’re doing very well, it’s just the opposition have raised their game.

“It’s no surprise to me to see Hearts getting promoted and having the season they are with the squad Robbie Neilson put together last season.

“Hibs have learned from a great season last year. We’ve improved. Dundee have come up from the Championship and have some very good players in their team that can cause problems so I don’t think either Celtic or Rangers will look at any team and as a guaranteed three points, especially away from home.”

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