Jim Goodwin adamant St Mirren won’t underestimate Kelty Hearts Scottish Cup challenge



Jim Goodwin won’t be taking Scottish Cup progression for granted when St Mirren take on League Two side Kelty Hearts this afternoon.

That’s because the Buddies boss believes Kevin Thomson’s side have the Premiership experience required to cause an almighty upset in Paisley.

Kelty skipper Michael Tidser and key strikers Kallum Higginbotham and Joe Cardle have all played in the top flight, while Jamie Barjonas and loenee Kieran Ngwenya have played for Rangers and Aberdeen respectively in their fledgling careers.

Goodwin insists any thoughts of a walkover are well wide of the mark, with the Saints manager determined to steer his side past the potential banana skin and into the quarter-finals of the competition.

Speaking exclusively to Renfrewshire Live Sport, he said: “These are always tricky fixtures, ones that people expect you to just turn up and win comfortably.

“We know that’s not going to be the case. Kevin Thomson has done fantastically with that team in League Two.

“For me, they’re not really a League Two team in my mind. They’ve built a really good squad of players with a lot of ex-Premiership players in there.

“They’ve got good experience and quality and they can really cause us problems.

“We’ve had experience of that in the League Cup over the years when teams from leagues below can cause you major problems if you don’t apply yourselves properly.

“We’ll be favourites, deservedly so, but we have to make sure we do our jobs properly and get ourselves into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup. That would be magnificent.”

Kelty Hearts manager Thomson is being tipped for a bright future in the dugout, having shone for Rangers, Hibs and Middlesbrough as a player.

Goodwin is looking forward to pitting his managerial wits against Thomson’s prolific side, with both clubs going into the tie in fine form with St Mirren having lost just eleven in their last nine outings.

Goodwin said: “I’m looking forward to facing Kevin’s team. He’s had a decent start to his managerial career from him.

“He inherited a very good squad of players, left by Barry Ferguson last season, and added his own bits to it.

“They’re on a brilliant run of form right now. We know the feeling when you’re winning games, you’ve got the momentum and you’re feeling good about yourselves.

“Kelty haven’t lost many games this season and they’re used to winning. It’s a very good habit to be in and they’ll fancy themselves coming here on Saturday.

“We genuinely believe that and we certainly won’t be underestimating them, I assure everyone of that.

“We will treat them with the utmost respect, do as much analysis as we can get our hands on and prepare as professionally as possible.”

In line with that vein of thought, Goodwin quickly poured cold water on any suggestion he might rest some of his key players as they continue to push for a highly-coveted Premiership top six spot.

Goodwin added: “We’ll pick our strongest XI, certainly. I’m not one for resting players or picking weakened teams thinking ‘that will be enough to get us through’.

“To be fair I don’t believe we have a weak team, with the strength in depth we have at the moment to be honest.

“But the boys in the team right now have the jerseys and I don’t think any one of them would want to be coming out.

“There might be a few tired legs from Wednesday night, but come Saturday I’m sure they will all be desperate to get going again.”




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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