Robinson doesn't believe St Mirren will face Rangers team in crisis

The Buddies can move six points clear of the Ibrox club with victory over Steven Davis' side in Paisley.

St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson doesn’t believe his team will face a Rangers side in crisis when they meet in Paisley this weekend.

The Buddies have a chance to go six points clear of the Ibrox club, who come into the game with former midfielder Steven Davis in interim charge after Michael Beale was sacked on Sunday night.

St Mirren remain in second place in the cinch Premiership table after extending their unbeaten run to seven matches with a draw at Kilmarnock last time out.

And Robinson is confident that his team can continue that run of good form against Rangers on Sunday.

He said: “We’re looking forward to it, as we do with any home game. We won’t treat it any differently, we have to be very good, as we have been at home.

“But we go into the game confident. We know that Rangers have got players that can hurt us, they have got a very talented squad as well, so it’s up to us to put our stamp on the game.

“It gives us an opportunity at this early stage of the season to gain a six point advantage on Rangers, which would be fantastic for us.

“We’ve been playing well, we’ve been getting results and I believe that we can go and cause Rangers problems.”

Robinson also expressed sympathy with Beale, who was relieved of his duties at Rangers after suffering a 3-1 home defeat to Aberdeen.

“It’s the precarious nature of the game, it’s ruthless isn’t it, you don’t get any time, there’s no longevity in this game,” said Robinson.

“But it obviously makes our job slightly harder because we would have known what we were facing.

“Steve Davis, who I know very well, has come in, but as a manager I don’t know him very well. We’ll have a little look at them tonight (against Limassol) but they can’t change personnel, they can’t change the players at this stage.

“Rangers as a football club are always going to be a big danger – they have spent millions of pounds on their squad, so we’re aware of their threats.

“I don’t think there’s a huge crisis (at Rangers) – although I know it will be seen as a huge crisis in certain quarters. We’re playing a very good team and I don’t think the fact that the players have got to prove themselves all over again makes any kind of difference.

“We go with our game plan and how we can hurt them, as opposed to what they’re going to do and what their reaction is to a new voice.”

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