The Buddies were harshly handed an opening day loss at Ibrox last night despite a very credible performance by youngsters Paul McMullan and academy graduate Jack Baird.
Baird on many occasions found himself the last line of defence as Rangers pressed to kill the game off following a spirited St. Mirren comeback. However, despite the youngster’s heroics; the Gers came away with all three points.
The start of the game was particularly difficult for the men in black and white as they quickly conceded from a Lee Wallace goal in a white hot atmosphere in Ibrox.
He said: “It was very difficult the first ten, twenty minutes. Especially with Rangers getting two or three corners early doors putting us under a lot of pressure. We found ourselves 2-0 down quite quickly but we got ourselves back into it.”
“Was a great goal by Cameron Howieson. I think we done well to see out those twenty minutes and get back into the game.”
Despite the early pressure St. Mirren got back into the game through the new signing – Cameron Howieson to create an aura of doubt within the Ibrox faithful. Baird himself grew into the game and the youngster put in a man of the match performance in for the Buddies.
He said: “I felt as the game went on I got more and more confident. It was obviously an extremely difficult game to come into considering I haven’t played a lot in the first team. I feel a lot more confident having played in that game.”
The game at Ibrox was a notable one for new manager Ian Murray; his first league fixture in charge of the buddies at one of his old stomping grounds as a player. Baird spoke of the manager’s disappointment following a missed penalty from captain – Steven Thompson.
He said: “The manager feels hard done by, we all do. If we score that penalty; it’s 2-2 and it’s a different story. Then we start going for it because we feel like we can nick a goal and it just leaves us exposed at the back to lose another one. This Rangers team are a very hard team to deal with.”
Baird reflected on his own performance following the game which saw the youngster along with Mark Ridgers keep the buddies in the game on many occasions.
He said: “It’s a great feeling to play in such a big stadium. All the fans are against you and you just have to do all you can to keep the ball out the net. I just tried to do my hardest for the team”
“It’s a good feeling knowing all the pressure is on them, we were just unlucky to be honest”.
St. Mirren host the manager Murray’s old team – Dumbarton at home next week. Baird knows that the buddies have to keep the level of performance shown against Rangers to get anything from the Sons.
He said: “They will be a tough opposition as well. I think if we go about the way we did in the second half of the Rangers game then we will get a result. It’s going to be a very difficult game.”
“There is not going to be any easy games in this league”.