St. Mirren’s Scottish Cup winning captain of 1987; Tony Fitzpatrick very much believes the St. Mirren team of today will eventually challenge for the playoff positions.
Ian Murray’s side had recently went on a four game unbeaten run after a poor start to the season that sees them sit 7th after 11 games. The Buddies unbeaten run came to an end when Rangers visited St. Mirren Park and walked away with all three points. However; Fitzpatrick believes the Saints have turned a corner:
“This term; under construction, under working progress comes to mind” Tony explains. “I was really happy when Ian (Murray) got the job due the fantastic job he done at Dumbarton under real difficult circumstances. I still believe in the manager; I look at the team and I think we have a great set a players than we’ve had in some time”.
Fitzpatrick believes the club are just lacking in a bit of confidence; however; once the club gain that they will press on:
“The last couple of results have been great; we aren’t going to challenge the league this year that has been sowed up by Rangers. I still think St. Mirren could very much up at that playoff spots.
There is no doubt they are every bit as good as Hibs & Falkirk, they are as good as them”.
St. Mirren as a club look back to the Alloa & Hibernian games as when they turned a corner under Murrays’ stewardship:
“I believe they turned a corner; Dunfermline came to St. Mirren Park and they (Dunfermline) were playing really well at the time. However; I think its results like beating Livingston away from home where there are hardly any crowd, weather isn’t great that’s when players are working for the club & the manager”.
St. Mirren go away to Falkirk next in the Scottish Championship on Saturday before Hibernian visit Paisley on the 7th November in what is expected to be a crunch game in Murray’s recovery as St. Mirren look to bounce back from the defeat to Rangers.