St Mirren defender Conor McCarthy says he’s excited by the prospect of going up against Rangers talisman Alfredo Morelos on Sunday, as quoted by the Daily Record.

The two sides are set to do battle at Ibrox as part of the second round of fixtures of the Scottish Premiership season.

Rangers and St Mirren are set to do battle at Ibrox on Sunday.

Rangers and St Mirren are set to do battle at Ibrox on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Gers triumphed 1-0 at Aberdeen on the opening day, while the Buddies secured their own narrow but well-deserved victory over Livingston.

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McCarthy and Joe Shaughnessy managed to keep Lyndon Dykes quiet during that game and the Republic of Ireland youth international insists he has no fear heading into the trip to Ibrox.

“I know Livingston have been receiving £1million bids for Lyndon Dykes so he’s obviously a fantastic player,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “Maybe he had an off-day on Saturday but we were really happy with our defensive performance against him.”

“It was great to play against Defoe on my league debut. And if Alfredo Morelos plays on Sunday then I’ll look forward to that one. He’s reportedly worth £20million so the chance to test yourself against someone of his quality will be brilliant.

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“The whole country knows what he can do when he’s on form, so we’re expecting a tough game.”

Morelos is a handful for any defender when he’s in form. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

St Mirren strengthened at the back ahead of the 2020/21 campaign and their performance last week suggested they will be hard to break down this season.

With the likes of Ryan Kent, Ianis Hagi and Joe Aribo set to be available, the Gers should still have enough quality to get the job done on Sunday. Yet, it may not be Alfredo Morelos tasked with leading the line.

The Colombian international has been heavily linked with an eight-figure move away from the club [Foot Mercato] and performed poorly during Thursday night’s Europa League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.

New signings Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten will be available for selection and given that the Swiss Super League season has only just concluded, the latter is match fit and ready to play.

McCarthy may be excited about the prospect of facing Morelos but he could very well end up marking an eager newcomer to the Scottish game.

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