Stephen Robinson says St Mirren players must be ‘brave’ to add to Rangers run of defeats

Stephen Robinson isn’t reading too much into Rangers blip in form after the reigning Premiership champions suffered two painful defeats on the bounce.

But the St Mirren boss does believe his side have every chance of making that three losses on the spin if they’re solid in defense and brave on the ball come tomorrow afternoon.

The Saints welcome Gio van Bronckhorst’s side to the SMISA Stadium, with the visitors having only just returned from Portugal after a 1-0 defeat to Braga in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.

Robinson feels the strength of the Govan club’s squad means that fatigue won’t play too big a part come kick-off tomorrow.

However he is hoping his side can be brave and take the game to Rangers as the Buddies look to end their own run of three consecutive defeats.

Robinson told Express Sport: “I don’t think their two recent results will make a difference to their level of performance.

“I also don’t think with the size of Rangers squad, and the quality of players they’ve got to come back in, that Thursday’s trip will have any effect on the game at all.

“It’s always tough against Rangers. People say they’re struggling recently, but they’re only one goal behind in a European quarter final against a very good side and have them again now at Ibrox.

“The other loss they played against Celtic, another very good side.

“It’s always tough against them, but we have to be solid. We can’t go cavalier against the better teams, we have to be disciplined.

“But we’ll try and impose our game on them. It’s a challenge for us.

“We know what their threats are and how we try to contain them. But it’s also about how we do and what we do on the ball.

“People forget but when you play the top teams, it’s about what you do on the ball just as much as it is being defensively sound.

“You have to be brave and try to play and that’s what we have to do on Sunday.”

St Mirren go into Sunday’s potentially season-defining game on the back of a sore 4-2 defeat against Robinson’s old side Motherwell last weekend.

If results go their way today, a top six spot might still be the incentive with a win against Rangers potentially sealing that elusive spot.

Either way Robinson is confident his team won’t need picked up should things go awry having proven their resilience to him in training this week.

Robinson said: “We’ve taken the positives from the Motherwell game and we’ve worked on the things we can do better.

“We’ll go into the Rangers game really positively. We’re either trying to win to get into the top six, or win to make sure we try to secure seventh place.

“We’ll watch closely on Saturday and hopefully we’ve still got that incentive of top six heading into the Rangers game.

“The boys didn’t need picked up. They’re very close-knit, a real good professional group of boys.

“They’ve worked hard this week. We know collectively we can play much better, starting with defending better from the front all the way back.

“The boys know they can do better and they certainly will.”

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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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