St Mirren take on Rangers in the Premiership on Wednesday. A match only a few weeks after the Paisley club’s now famous 3-2 win over the Ibrox side in the Betfred Cup quarter-final.
That result ended Rangers’ unbeaten run. It also helped St Mirren continue what has been a revival in recent months under Jim Goodwin.
Now that the teams are set to meet again on league business, Goodwin will be hoping that his team can claim another notable win over the Ibrox side.
Here we look at three St Mirren players that can help lead them to another victory on Steven Gerrard’s side.
The attacking midfielder has scored six times this season, including two goals in the aforementioned Betfred Cup win over Rangers. If St Mirren can get McGrath on the ball, he can cause the Ibrox side all sorts of problems. Just like he did in the cup tie.
His runs into the penalty box could provide St Mirren with a real opportunity to find the back of the net. McGrath is also St Mirren’s likely penalty taker should they be awarded a spot kick. If the 24-year-old can have an impact on the game, it could be another big day for St Mirren.
The former Rangers goalkeeper has performed well for St Mirren this season. Indeed, he was praised by manager Jim Goodwin (BT Sport) for his performance in the recent 2-0 victory over Ross County. He will probably need to play just as well if St Mirren are to defeat Rangers.
There is little doubt that the Ibrox side will create a good few chances in the game. Therefore, Alnwick might well be busy. If he performs to a similar level as he did in Dingwall, then it could only take one chance for St Mirren to get the goal that secures victory.
Getting control of the midfield will be key to St Mirren’s prospects of defeating Rangers for the second time in a month. There is where Jake Doyle-Hayes comes in. The 21-year-old has been excellent for St Mirren this season. But he faces a stern test against a strong Rangers midfield.
However, if Hayes can get a grip of the midfield area, it could help St Mirren get control of the game. The team will have a much better chance of pulling off another memorable victory.