St Mirren’s 2-0 loss to Rangers on Wednesday was a disappointing result for the Paisley club, as they were unable to repeat their Betfred Cup win over the Premiership leaders.

However, Jim Goodwin shouldn’t be too downbeat about the result or the performance. Indeed, had Jon Obika taken an early chance for St Mirren then it could have been a very different game.

Form has been excellent

Overall, St Mirren’s form in the last few months has been excellent. They have only lost two games out of their last 14 in all competitions.

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St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin watches his team against Rangers (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

That run of form has led to a Betfred Cup semi-final and a six point lead with two games in hand over bottom of the table Hamilton. Indeed, St Mirren’s goal should be a top six finish, as they are only three points behind sixth place Livingston.

A launchpad for 2021

The good form over the last few months has given St Mirren a launchpad to build on for 2021. Jim Goodwin will want the good performances to continue. He will not want the team to start to slacken off after suffering a few defeats.

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St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has plenty to look forward to 2021 (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

That is why Goodwin will want his team to respond when they take on Kilmarnock on Saturday. Winning is a habit, and it is one that Goodwin will want his players to get back into the swing of as soon as possible.

St Mirren could have a very memorable second-half of the season. But that may depend on their ability to bounce back from defeats and setbacks. If they can start doing that on Saturday, it points to an exciting few months ahead. For now though, Goodwin can be content with St Mirren’s first-half of the season.

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