A few weeks ago St Mirren recorded a now famous 3-2 win over Rangers in the Betfred Cup. Now the teams are set to meet again this afternoon of league duty. Saints boss Jim Goodwin knows that the Ibrox side will be eager to get revenge after the loss.

However, he wants his players to repeat what would be a notable achievement, and defeat Rangers for a second time this season. For that to happen though, he knows that some players will need to perform at their best.

One such player is 27-year-old St Mirren goalkeeper and former Rangers player Jak Alnwick.

Won’t make many changes

However, before that Goodwin identified that he does not need to make many changes to his side as he prepares to defeat Rangers for the second time this season.

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St Mirren Manager Jim Goodwin (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“The game plan, formation, system, the tactics, worked the last time. Why would we change it. The message to the players has been the exact same. We basically just showed the players the all of the good things that they done particularly in the second-half against Rangers.

“We are capable”

“There’s no doubt at times Rangers will pick us off. We will need Jak Alnwick to make a couple of saves at key moments. We will need defenders to make some last ditch tackles. At the same time, we proved in the last game we are capable of causing Rangers problems of their own” he concluded.

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St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin celebrates a recent victory (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Goodwin then took time to reflect on what has been a very difficult year in football and in life. He is hoping for a better 2021 for all.

“It’s been tough times for everybody. It’s great to see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel in terms of the vaccine. I still think we’ve got a gruelling six months at least ahead of us. We’re not quite out of it yet, but there’s certainly a lot to be optimistic about going into 2021.”

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