14 years ago, St Mirren responded to a 7-0 thumping by Celtic performance to knock us out of the Scottish Cup a week later. It wasn’t 7-0 when the teams met last month, but the 4-0 win was just as satisfying. We expected Saints to out-perform most of the sides visiting Celtic Park, instead, they ‘bravely’ took the game to Celtic and were punished for their naivety.
If Ange Postecoglou was their manager, they would play the same way tomorrow (unsubtle hint). Stephen Robinson has that honour and I expect he will be far less adventurous this time. Why follow the same failed plan? Ange, on the other hand, must be genuinely excited when picking his team these days. So many good players, all on form. His biggest worry will be having a word in the ear of those not involved.
Across all competitions, we have 10 games scheduled before the split, with a Scottish Cup quarter final still up for grabs. Only three of those games are away, against relegation-threatened Ross County and Kilmarnock, and at St Mirren, while there’s a final at Hampden. The trip to Paisley might be the toughest, but some of us think we can win all those games…. Getting it right tomorrow evening would be a good start.