St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin is full of confidence ahead of tomorrow night’s match against Celtic, despite the odds being stacked against his side.
The Buddies haven’t won at Parkhead since the 90s and currently find themselves one point off the Premiership basement.
Goodwin insists that his side have the capability to shock the Hoops. He told the Daily Record (page 51, 29/10/19): “I’m not sitting here concerned whether it’s going to be a hammering or not.
“I’m quite an optimist. I firmly believe, however stupid it may sound to other people outside of here, that we can cause an upset. We’ve got to hope Celtic take their eye off the ball and have an off night, hopefully we can capitalise on it.
“Celtic have a big semi-final coming up against Hibs. It’ll be interesting to see what team selection Neil Lennon decides to go with but the players coming in are like for like and international class.”
Goodwin will need a big performance against Celtic
Goodwin’s side haven’t been awful this term but their lack of cutting edge in front of goal is affecting them a bit. They’ve scored just five times this campaign, four less than the second lowest scoring team in Kilmarnock, who have nine.
With putting the ball in the back of the net a problem for Goodwin’s side, they’ll need to think of a quick solution against a relentless Hoops side who have scored three or more on six occasions in the Premiership.
The Buddies defence is quite solid though, boasting the fourth best defensive record in the league. They’ll really need their defenders to show up for what will be a tough night in Glasgow.
Goodwin knows his St Mirren stars will be up against it at Celtic Park and he’ll need a big performance to have any chance of causing a huge upset.