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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

St Mirren have the confidence to prosper

Rory Loy of St Mirren celebrates after scoring during the Irn-Bru Cup Final against Dundee United
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Ladbrokes Scottish Football League
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St Mirren swatted aside one of their relegation rivals in the Ladbrokes Championship last week in Paisley and they can add Dumbarton to the list.

The job done by Jack Ross at Saints is remarkable. His side were marooned at the bottom by a country mile when he took over, but he’s had a squad overhaul and got the best out of the players still at the club.

From a club who got their first league win only in December, they’ve won five out of their last seven league games, including that 6-2 thumping of Ayr last week.

They play a Dumbarton side who specialise in upsetting the apple cart though. Considering their budget, they should have no right to be in this league, but Stevie Aitken has done a terrific job at The Rock.

However, Saints have a strong momentum propelling them forward and confidence is high at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.

Stevie Mallan and Stephen McGinn have been the force in midfield and Saints can take another giant leap to safety.

Falkirk can take a huge step towards ensuring they finish above Dundee United by winning at Tannadice.

Peter Houston returns to his former club today with his current club in far better nick than a United side who have lost their way since the turn of the year.

They led the Ladbrokes Championship at Christmas Eve, but have gone to pieces since then with just two league wins in 2017.

At the heart of United’s woes are a leaky defence – anyone who witnessed some of the abysmal attempts at defending in last week’s 4-2 defeat at Queen of the South could testify to that.

There’s a fragility about Ray McKinnon’s men and a win in Dundee should secure United will be condemned to fourth spot.

Morton look far too big to defeat champions-elect Hibs in what should be a fiery encounter in Greenock.

Managers Neil Lennon and Jim Duffy had to be physically restrained from attacking each other two weeks ago after a late tackle from Morton’s Kudus Oyenuga in front of the dugouts.

Lennon later insisted Duffy had challenged him to a ‘square-go.’ It’s been marvellously entertaining, but Morton have been written off by the bookies inexplicably.

They went almost a full calendar year undefeated in the league at Cappielow and Hibs have major defensive injury problems.

Hibs have struggled recently with one win in four and Ton are worth a nibble.

St Mirren
3pts 4-5 general
3pts 13-5 188Bet
1pt 17-4 Betway

Stevie Mallan and Stephen McGinn have been the force in midfield
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