Robinson not expecting Aberdeen to be hampered by European exertions

The St Mirren boss says Sunday's opposition have a big squad to pick from.

Stephen Robinson not expecting Aberdeen to be hampered by European exertions SNS Group

St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson does not believe Aberdeen will be hampered by their European efforts when they visit Paisley on Sunday.

While the Buddies had a free week to prepare for the cinch Premiership encounter – where they will look to make it seven wins in a row this season – Barry Robson’s side were in Gothenburg on Thursday night to draw 2-2 with BK Hacken in the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie.

However, Robinson noted that the Dons have signed 11 new players this summer, the most recent of which is Finland defender Richard Jensen from Polish side Gornik Zabrze for an undisclosed fee.

The Northern Irishman said: “Aberdeen have a very big squad. They have signed three players this week I believe. So I don’t think numbers will be affected.

“They have like-for-like in every position so that won’t be an issue.

“They will have plenty of days rest in between so it will be just as it always is, a tough game against Aberdeen.

“We have to turn up and produce what we have produced in the last six games, match their physicality and hard work and hope our quality shines through.

“It is a positive atmosphere that the boys have created.

“We go in to games highly confident. The staff here have got the players well prepared for any eventuality.

“At home we don’t fear anyone at all and we look forward to the game on Sunday.”

Asked about the high level of player investment at Pittodrie this summer, Robinson said: “Aberdeen have spent heavily and invested heavily in their squad and it is up to us to match that and be prepared for a very hard game.

“Aberdeen are a huge football club, they have big financial backing. Every club has to work within their means but they obviously have the fan base and finances to do that so fair play to them, credit to them.

“When you see clubs invest it is credit to the people that are investing, they are buying into Scottish football and there is no negativity from me.

“There is financial disparity in every league and every game you play, as a manager there is no point moaning about it, you know it exists, everybody knows we don’t have a huge amount of resources but you have to find a way to bridge that gap and we are doing that at this moment in time.

“We done it last season and we have to continue to do that.”

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