St Mirren Vs Rangers in Pictures
After watching St Mirren's 3-2 win over Rangers in the Scottish League Cup‚ I'm eager to see the match between the two sides again. I was particularly impressed with the goal scored by Joe Aribo‚ which was hailed by Stephen Robinson as the 'great goal'. Rangers‚ meanwhile‚ have suffered three successive defeats‚ with the latest coming last Saturday‚ when they thrashed St Johnstone 7-0. Despite their poor performance‚ there were some good moments‚ and I've decided to share my favourites.
St Mirren beat Rangers 3-2 in the Scottish League Cup
A late Conor McCarthy winner ensured St Mirren
beat Rangers 3-2 in a replay to reach the Scottish League Cup semi-final. St Mirren
were battling back from a Connor Goldson opener to win the Scottish Cup on Saturday. Jamie McGrath then converted a penalty after the break. Rangers were on a run of 10 consecutive home wins before the tie‚ and Steven Davis had appeared to have forced extra time with a late header. The hosts took the lead in the first half after St Johnstone had equalised with a penalty. A free-kick from a corner was curled into the top left corner by Tavernier. However‚ the equaliser was soon repelled by St. Mirren‚ who poured forward and had a chance to score again in stoppage time. St. Mirren substitute Kevin Thomson was sent off for two hard tackles and was replaced by Steven Thomson after the goal. Although Rangers were reduced to 11 men‚ St. Mirren still dominated the match and created more chances than their opponents. In addition to the equalizer‚ St. Mirren also scored a late header that forced Rangers into a penalty shootout. This resulted in a 3-2 win for St. Mirren and a place in the Scottish League Cup semi-final. The final of the Scottish League Cup is always an exciting game and St Mirren
had a great chance of lifting the trophy. After winning the Scottish League Cup‚ Saints travelled to Hampden to celebrate their achievement. In the last 16 they beat Celtic. Moreover‚ St. Mirren won the Scottish League Cup in 2013. The Scottish Cup final was a tense affair until half-time. Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew scored a late equalizer but it wasn't enough to stop St Mirren. Despite their late comeback‚ Celtic couldn't prevent St Mirren
from winning their first major trophy since 1987. The Scottish League Cup final was their first major trophy since beating Dundee United 26 years ago. Aside from the Scottish League Cup‚ St Mirren
also won the Renfrewshire Cup with Motherwell. After dropping to the Championship‚ they've re-built their home stadium. Located between a motorway and a bleak stretch of warehouses and recycling plants‚ the new stadium's home ground is a recent addition to Paisley's sports scene. Dundee's last home game of the season was against St Mirren. They had already lost twice to the Light Blues and were looking for a win to avoid relegation. Two weeks later‚ the same side lost 3-1 at Dens to Motherwell. Then two weeks later they fell to Partick Thistle. The result was not pretty. However‚ the Cup final has now become a much bigger spectacle than the Scottish League Cup Final.
Andy Walker's unenthusiastic coverage of Rangers matches
Sky Sports have been a consistent source of acrimony over Andy Walker's coverage of Rangers games. Despite being an ex-Celtic striker‚ Walker seems incapable of commentating Rangers matches with the necessary balance. In his coverage of the 2-1 defeat at Ibrox‚ Walker referred to Masonic conspiracy theories‚ which is hardly a positive sign for the club. Celtic have meanwhile taken umbrage at Walker's comments. The former Scotland international has angered Rangers with comments about their finances and the 'professionalism' of Parkhead staff. In a series of tweets‚ Walker also condemned Rangers' recent trip to Dubai‚ which left two players with coronavirus. But his most controversial comments have been his condemnation of Rangers' professionalism in the transfer market. Sky Sports' coverage of Rangers is causing a rift with the club. The broadcasters have not been able to get the players to take part in pre-match interviews‚ meaning that fans were left with little opportunity to comment on the match. Sky Sports have replaced Walker with James McFadden for Sunday's derby. However‚ the Scottish Premiership is in a state of crisis - and Rangers are refusing to compromise on their stance on this matter. The latest scandal surrounding Andy Walker's broadcasting career has prompted the Scottish club to ban the Sky Sports pundit from attending Rangers vs Celtic match. According to the Heart & Hand Podcast‚ Andy Walker was allegedly banned from attending the match on the basis of his comments about Rangers' finances. The Rangers club are understood to be fuming over the matter. It is unclear whether the ban is the result of a dispute over his comments or if it was a censorship of a certain media outlet. The former Rangers player has a history of disgruntlement with the club's fans. His unenthusiastic coverage of Rangers matches has prompted many fans to call for his removal from the broadcasting company. However‚ the Rangers fans are still not convinced by Walker's displeasure. And they have every right to criticise his performance. They are entitled to their opinion - but we must do so in a democratic way. Walker's professional career began at Motherwell‚ where he helped the club gain promotion. After leaving Motherwell‚ he joined Celtic for PS350‚000 in summer 1987 and won the Scottish Cup twice. Walker earned his first cap for Scotland against Colombia but fell out of the first team picture by 1991-92. A return to Rangers will result in a better deal for Walker‚ but in the meantime‚ he will have to settle for a lower-level position.
Goodwin's performance for St Mirren
Jim Goodwin‚ the new manager of St Mirren‚ has been hailed by his players after a promising start to his tenure at the club. His performance for the club has earned him a PS250‚000 release clause‚ which he triggered following the completion of his contract. Goodwin's tenure at St Mirren
was a success‚ as he led the team to their highest top-flight finish in over 30 years and has also won one cap for Ireland. After signing for St Mirren
in 2011‚ Goodwin was quickly welcomed by the supporters. His first goal came against St Johnstone on 20 September 2011‚ a fine rifled effort into the top corner of the net despite opposition fans' roars. Since then‚ Goodwin has become a fan favourite and is compared to Billy Abercromby‚ another legendary St Mirren
player. During his time with the club‚ Goodwin has been a key figure for the club and has been praised by fans alike for his work ethic and dedication to his football. Jim Goodwin's performance for St Mirren
has been hailed by supporters‚ and it's hoped that the experience he'll gain at the club will translate into a managerial role in the SPL. Aberdeen have been in the process of appointing a new manager‚ and Jim Goodwin has been given permission to speak to them. Aberdeen‚ one of the larger spending clubs in the Scottish Premiership‚ have a number of positions available in their coaching department. After his dismissal from St Mirren‚ the former Huddersfield Town player feels that ill-discipline has cost him the job as a coach. The decision to part ways with his former club comes amid the ongoing turmoil at the club. It's a sad state of affairs for Goodwin‚ as he's now looking for a new challenge. It seems that his future is now more important than ever. Following his time with St Mirren‚ Goodwin was loaned to Oldham Athletic. His loan was extended until the end of the 2009-10 season‚ and he made eight appearances for the club. Goodwin's performance at St Mirren
has been hailed by the fans‚ and he has won the supporters' trust. In addition to the defender's quality and ability to play at all levels‚ Goodwin has also been hailed as a top talent in the Scottish Premiership.