There was never any doubt that Frank McGarvey’s heart lay at Celtic, but he had an affection for St Mirren. There, under Alex Ferguson, he made his name as the figurehead in an attacking young team which won promotion from the First Division. From Love St, he won a move to the European champions and all that followed. It is fitting we face them tonight, just days after Frank’s funeral, when our thoughts returned to an irrepressible talent in his prime.
St Mirren lost at Tynecastle on Saturday, their first defeat since 5 November. That run of seven games saw them take points off the four teams that separate the champions from the Paisley side. You will not need reminding that they are the only domestic team to beat Celtic this season.
Every team in the league plays differently against more resourceful teams. What St Mirren’s form tells us is that they are disproportionately effective against top sides and less effective when they presumably have more of the ball against weaker opponents.
Celtic have been imperious at home this season, so we should be confident of at least maintaining our lead, but Stephen Robinson will have watched how Kilmarnock frustrated us for long periods on Saturday and will work on a plan to build on that. I’ll be glad to see us take the lead.