St Mirren keeper Dean Lyness admits it will be a “special experience” for the likes of Kieran Offord and Dylan Reid to face Rangers at Ibrox on Boxing Day after the teenagers were thrust into action for Jim Goodwin’s side against Celtic in midweek.

The Covid-hit Buddies head to Govan on Sunday looking to stop a Rangers that have been rampant under new manager Gio van Bronckhorst.

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“You would much rather be playing big games constantly than not,” the Buddies keeper said. “That is what it is like at this time of year with the busy schedules.

“It will also be a special experience for the young boys in the team to go to Ibrox. But after Wednesday night we will back ourselves. It is a massive confidence booster. 


“We can take so many positives and hopefully we can build on it going into the Rangers game. We showed so much fight and character.

“It is an incredible opportunity and experience for the young lads. These boys have aspirations to play senior football week in, week out and this will only help in the long run.

“We will just be encouraging them to make the most of it and to try and grasp the opportunity with both hands.”

Rangers can’t afford same mistakes as Celtic made against St Mirren

While it was a helluva laugh watching Celtic struggling to break down St Mirren’s dogged defence as the Buddies clung on for a 0-0 draw despite only having 16% of possession over the 90 minutes.

Despite claims Angeball is all-conquering, the reality is they massively underestimated a St Mirren side who have proven tough to break down all season.

Rangers need to be ruthless on Boxing Day and finish up with a bang before heading off for the winter break and a chance to recharge the batteries.

Meanwhile, before taking any transfers into account Rangers could have up to six players ruled out of the rearranged Old Firm derby with Celtic in February.

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