St Mirren are determined to end their challenging campaign on a high note to repay the supporters who have shelled out cash to follow them all season.
That’s the view of boss Stephen Robinson as the Buddies prepare to travel to Pittodrie to take on Aberdeen in their final Premiership clash of the campaign.
For the first time tomorrow, the Paisley club will face off against former boss Jim Goodwin, whose departure midway through the season derailed Saints’ top six push.
Robinson insists his exhausted players will give everything they have left in the tank to ensure the supporters who travel north don’t feel short-changed come full-time.
“The boys are very determined,” he told Express Sport. “It’s very easy to think there’s nothing left to play for.
“But fans pay good money to come to the games. They were there on Wednesday night in good numbers and gave the boys a great reception.
“So we want to put in a performance for the fans who travel up to Aberdeen. We want to finish off well.
“The fans want to see us finish above them and so would I, trust me.
“If you see me on the touchline, I’m mad. I want to win every single game, tiddly winks, chess, whatever it may be.
“I want to produce a team that runs until they can’t run any more, that represents Paisley and a hard-working community.
“And we’re getting that now.
“We’re not going to Pittodrie just to make up numbers.
“Whatever is available to us, we’ll be going there to try to win the game.”
The Buddies travel up the A90 short of several key players, with striker Curtis Main joining the list of those unavailable after having surgery on an ongoing issue.
While Robinson admits they’ll be down to the “bare bones”, he’s confident St Mirren will still put in a strong showing at Pittodrie as they look to finish the season four games unbeaten.
Robinson said: “Curtis Main had his operation on Thursday, otherwise we would have had to wait four or five weeks for it and he would have missed the start of pre-season. So we needed to get it done now.
“If we include Eamonn Brophy, we have 13 players.
“Eamonn is struggling, Richard Tait is struggling. Ryan Flynn has a chest infection, which is why he came off against Livingston, although he got kicked as well.
“It’s really down to the bare bones again, but we’ll get through it.
“They’ve shown great character of late and we’ll go again and look for a positive result.
“The 11 that finished the other night will probably be the ones who start, but it’s important we finish the season well.”
While a win would guarantee St Mirren seal eighth spot in the table, Robinson believes the foundations are now in place to see them finally crack the top six next season.
Robinson added: “If you look historically, eighth is one of the best finishes for St Mirren.
“We’ve yet to be a top six side in the current format, so there has to be a realism there.
“But I believe the players I’m bringing in – who have signed or will sign – will enhance what we’ve already got as there’s a good core of players.
“We’re aiming for top six next season, but we have to remember that the recent highest finish has been seventh.
Keith Lasley comes in on Monday. We’ve got a new top-class physio, a first strength and conditioning coach since January and a new head of recruitment.
“So there are a lot of good positive things that will help us in our aim to be a top six side.”