St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin says the Paisley team ‘wouldn’t make that mistake again’ after Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez and his time at the club were brought back up.

Mahrez is on course to become a Premier League winner again with Manchester City and shone for Pep Guardiola’s side as they booked a Champions League final spot against PSG. But back when he was 17, the Algerian had a failed trial with St Mirren, the Scottish Premiership side not offering him a contract.


Thriving at Manchester City but St Mirren didn’t fancy Mahrez. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Goodwin wasn’t involved with the decision making when that happened but hopes missing out on someone like the Manchester City star is in the past: “I’m glad to say I wasn’t involved back then and I don’t think the people who were are at the club. It’s one of those things, to miss out on a player of that quality is a bitter blow.

“But I can’t imagine the Mahrez that is playing for Manchester City now is the Mahrez who was on trial here. Sometimes in recruitment you make mistakes, sometimes you sign people who are brilliant but they aren’t what you hope for. Other times you sign players that you think are squad players, but they turn into main men.

“Football is a funny game and you can’t get every signing right. I’m sure the people who were involved at that time would like to have it back and make a better decision. He obviously didn’t make as good an impression as he thinks, but we wouldn’t make that mistake again.”

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