By Saikat Mandal

22nd Oct, 2021 | 9:00pm

Jim Goodwin makes bold claim about Rangers ahead of St Mirren clash

Rangers will face St Mirren away from Ibrox in their next Scottish Premiership game on Sunday afternoon.

The Gers will head into this game with loads of confidence after winning 2-0 against Brondby in the Europa League clash on Thursday.

Ahead of the fixture, St Mirren boss, Jim Goodwin, has claimed that some of the criticisms Rangers have faced are ‘over the top’.

There have been suggestions that Rangers aren’t at the levels they were last year, but Goodwin has laughed at those remarks.

Rangers sit top of the table at the moment, and Goodwin has suggested that Steven Gerrard’s side have done well recently.

“Everyone knows Rangers are ahead of where we are, there’s no getting away from that. We know they’ll be favourites going into the game in a lot of people’s eyes,” said Goodwin as quoted by Football Scotland.

“They’ve got a squad full of international players. I watched their game against Brondby, I watched the game against Hearts at the weekend.

“They could have scored four or five goals against Hearts but for Craig Gordon pulling off a few great saves.

“There’s been a lot made of Rangers performances lately and I actually thought they played really well against Hearts. Some of the criticism was over the top to be honest.”

Good ploy

St Mirren boss has suggested that they are miles behind Rangers, and it’s a good ploy to ease off the pressure by making them feel like an underdog.

The title race is very tight this season, although it can change dramatically if Rangers can shift gears in the coming months.

The criticisms against them are valid and it’s there for everyone to see. Rangers have looked like a shadow of the team that won the title at a canter last season, and yet they are top of the table. In a way, it shows how strong the squad is and what are they capable of.

Defensively, Rangers haven’t looked compact at all, and have made glaring individual errors. At the same time, the likes of Alfredo Morelos has been struggling to score, something that has come as a conundrum for Gerrard.

Having said that, the Gers have now picked up two wins and a draw in their last three games in all competitions, and they must look to build a strong momentum from here on.

In other Rangers news, this Gers star has been ruled out of the clash against St Mirren on Sunday.