St. Mirren boss Jim Goodwin has hailed Rangers as the best team in Scotland just now but insists there’s no reason his side can’t beat the Light Blues in the League Cup in two weeks.
The Gers travel to the SMISA Stadium on December 16 in the quarter-finals of the competition and Goodwin conceded that it will be an “extremely difficult” game for his side.
Goodwin’s side surprised Aberdeen 2-1 in the last round but the Irishman knows it’ll take a below-par performance from Rangers for the Saints to reach the last four.
“Obviously we’re delighted and I said after the Aberdeen game that I didn’t mind who we got but I’d have probably wanted to avoid one of the Old Firm before Celtic got put out and it makes the task all that more difficult,” Goodwin told Not The Old Firm.
“Rangers are the best team in the country just now, there’s no getting away from that, and it is going to be an extremely difficult game but I’ll always believe that on any day, any team can beat another.
“We would need Rangers to have a below-par performance and we would need ourselves to be playing really, really well. I’ve been in the game long enough to know that these things can happen, and this club as a history of it. We’ve gone far in cup competitions in recent years and there’s no reason why we can’t beat Rangers.”
With only a couple of weeks between the games, Rangers will be looking to continue their excellent recent form when they make the short journey to Paisley later this month.
After Celtic and Aberdeen were both knocked out, Steven Gerrard’s side ae clear favourites to lift the trophy and end a decade-long wait for silverware.
St. Mirren won’t be pushovers though and Goodwin has every right to eye up a shock win – even if it is pretty unlikely.