At the start of the Ladbrokes Championship season, St Mirren occupied second place in the ‘Betting Without Rangers’ market as 9/5 shots. The fact they are now a 250/1 chance says everything about how their campaign has gone so far.
The Buddies haven’t tasted victory since October 17, and find themselves languishing in eighth position, but for defender Sean Kelly it’s not worth dwelling on.
“As things stand all we can do is block out everything that has happened so far this season,” he told the Daily Record.
“There’s no point dwelling on it. We can’t change anything that has happened and we just need to focus on the games that we have left.
“We are looking to make-up for lost time and we will be ready to kick-on come Saturday afternoon.”
They will certainly need to do just that this weekend, if the price on the Paisley outfit isn’t to contract from the 14/1 (originally 100/1) on offer for them to finish bottom in May.
Thankfully, for St Mirren fans at least, the next run of games looks very winnable for Ian Murray’s side.
A trip to his former club would be made even sweeter for Murray if his side can bag three points against Dumbarton and gain some revenge for a 2-1 defeat early in the season.
Another away game follows when they go to Alloa, in a game in which they will be heavy favourites to win based on the Wasps’ current form.
After manager Danny Lennon walked out this week, Athletic could still be without a man in charge when the sides meet at Recreation Park.
Questions will certainly be asked of Murray’s position if St Mirren fail to leave without three points, with Alloa losing their last eight matches in all competitions, scoring just one goal.
A return to St Mirren Park rounds off the Buddies’ trio of fixtures against the sides around them with Livingston set to visit on Boxing Day.
Win a couple of those games and a climb up the table could be on the cards for the Saints, but things could look very bleak if things don’t go their way.
While they have failed to record a win in nearly two months, the fact that only Rangers, Hibernian and Falkirk – the three sides at the top of the table – have condemned them to a loss in that period suggests all is not as bad as the table might suggest.
Nevertheless, if St Mirren cannot heed their 22-year-olds defender’s words and ‘kick-on’ with the relatively kind fixture list before the New Year, trouble could be on the cards in Paisley.
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