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Preview: St Mirren v Hibernian


Preview: St Mirren v Hibernian
by Ryan Goodwin
Despite next year’s status as a Championship team being all but secure for the Saints, that does not take anything away from tomorrow afternoon’s game against Hibs.
With Hibs currently looking to earn back their second-place spot in order to miss a potential playoff game against Raith Rovers, they have everything to play for against St Mirren. A win would see them carry on the six-point deficit with three games in-hand, however that is only assuming Falkirk do not drop points in their game against Queen of the South tomorrow.
Falkirk beating Queen of the South tomorrow however, would allow St Mirren to potentially go above the Doonhamers in sixth place, and a defeat for Morton away to Dumbarton could see Saints sit fifth, one below the promised land of the playoffs.
Such a gap to the promised land, one would imagine, is much too large and St Mirren would have very long odds of reaching it, despite vast improvements in results since Alex Rae took over as manager.
Stevie Mallan and Lawrence Shankland have been hugely important to that run, having scored 16 league goals between the two of them. Hibs have their own talismen in Jason Cummings and James Keatings, though, who have 20 goals between them in league outings.
Both of those players scored in Hibs’ last trip to Paisley (a 4-1 loss, with Keatings scoring a hat-trick) and any of the four aforementioned players will be fancied to improve on their tally in tomorrow’s fixture.
Despite St Mirren’s fate being pretty much decided there are still some very big games in their last five (Rangers, Falkirk, Morton and Dumbarton) and this is another one of those.
The season is now beginning to come to a close and both teams in tomorrow’s game will fancy going out in style.