Preview - St Mirren (h)

Last updated : 16 April 2009 By Firparkcorner

Miranda sees red
Bye bye Miranda
The club deserve credit for cutting prices to a fiver and that should generate a large crowd to cheer us on but, more often than not, we fail to perform in such situations. One occasion when we did get it right was the Aberdeen game in May of last year which saw us all but qualify for Europe although just a year earlier St Mirren defeated us 3-2 in a relegation crunch following a similar offer.

St Mirren will work hard and from the evidence of Monday night, they will be no pushovers. They should have beaten Hibs but didn't and that is the story of their year - in the league at least, where they are still looking for their first win. The cup, as we know to our cost, has been different for them and a cup tie atmosphere will probably aid them.

The Buddies have Potter suspended and a number of injuries while for us only Craigan is a doubt but it will probably be a surprise if he plays. McLean and Reynolds are a decent centre back combination but it is what happens further up the park that will be decisive. Klimpl and Hughes would seem certain starters, as would Clarkson and Sutton, which leaves two places between Fitzpatrick, Lasley, McGarry, O'Brien and Sheridan. Murphy would seem to be a huge gamble given he hasn't started in so long but if we do switch to a 4-3-3 he may be considered.

Unfortunately a win may still not be enough for us if Hibs beat Rangers on Sunday but all we can do is take a victory and then hope for the best. It may be tense but after some nervous moments we will triumph 2-0 and then turn our eyes to Easter Road.

Remember the last time St Mirren visited Fir Park?