Many have said that Rangers looked unbeatable this season – but St Mirren have taken a massive exception to that notion as they booked a League Cup semi-final spot.
Manager Jim Goodwin said pre-game he would need to think of a plan to stop Rangers, a side who have topped their Europa League group and gone 27 games unbeaten. Sure enough, Goodwin managed to find one.
An all-round display from the Buddies had them beat Rangers 3-2 in the League Cup quarter-final meeting. It got off to a bad start though, Connor Goldson putting Rangers ahead after seven minutes.
St Mirren didn’t collapse and instead got in at half-time level, Calvin Bassey’s foul on Dylan Connolly allowing Jamie McGrath to score from the penalty spot.
He made it five goals in four games after half-time, scoring a nice low effort after a passage of Buddies play down the right. Just when they looked to have got things over the line, Rangers leveled in the 88th minute through Steven Davis.
But remarkably, Conor McCarthy made sure another 30 minutes weren’t to be played, Allan McGregor saving Richard Tait’s header before the Irish defender blasted home the rebound.
It’s a huge victory that not only ends Rangers’ unbeaten streak, but extends the Buddies run to 10 games unbeaten and sends them into a League Cup semi-final meeting with Livingston at Hampden.
A huge effort was needed from his players and boy did Goodwin get one, catching Rangers on a rare off-night as St Mirren pounced. The Paisley faithful have been left grinning ear-to-ear.
St Mirren > Benfica
— Black & White Army (@bawarmy) December 16, 2020
What have we just done 😍😍😍
— St Mirren Banter (@StMirrenBanter) December 16, 2020
Always said it would be a smaller club that ended the great run Rangers were on. So happy it was us in a classic❤⚫⚪⚫⚪
— alan cassidy (@cassidy_alan) December 17, 2020
What a night buds, hope everyone is having a good night 🐼 That was a rollercoaster of emotions during the game, but a real example of why we love this club, players worked their socks off, could’ve collapsed at the late equaliser but went up park and won the game 🐼 🏁
Get in there saints ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ rangers who???🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 (was that excited last night I forgot to press tweet🤣🤣) https://t.co/3AR4BRny8M
— Mandy (@mandy_m834) December 17, 2020
Absolutely magnificent effort 🏁 proud of Goody, Lee and all the players. Let's keep the run going ⚫⚪🔴 https://t.co/1NX0EH6UgZ
— David Baxter (@dbaxter82) December 16, 2020
hey there you with the sad face https://t.co/WwXyRrpoOy
— jack bolland (@jackbollandd1) December 16, 2020
I'll not sleep tonight. Only the second time this season we've scored more than two in one game… https://t.co/KaAGc1FF4w
— Fraser Anderson (@FraserAnderson) December 16, 2020
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