Reid says new Saints are up for the chal­lenge

The Herald - Herald Sport - - Clydesdale Bank Premier League - MARTIN McMIL­LAN

ALAN REID, the St Mir­ren mid­field player, thinks the Love Street squad is stronger now than at the end of last sea­son, de­spite the loss of Kirk Broadfoot and John Sut­ton.

Broadfoot was team cap­tain and led the club to sur­vival last sea­son be­fore join­ing Rangers; Sut­ton was top scorer but has joined Wy­combe.

But Reid feels man­ager Gus MacPher­son’s new sign­ings will more than make up for the de­par­tures.

Will Hain­ing, the for­mer Old­ham cap­tain, and for­mer Dun­fermline mid­fielder Gary Ma­son are ex­pected to make their de­buts in the Cly­des­dale Bank Pre­mier League opener against Mother­well to­day, though Craig Dargo will have to wait hav­ing suf­fered a knee in­jury.

“A lot was made of some of the play­ers that left but we have brought in a few new faces and they have fit­ted in well into the chang­ing room,” said Reid.

Mark McGhee, the Mother­well man­ager, has sim­pli­fied in­struc­tions to the play­ers to en­sure there is no prospect of them not fol­low­ing or­ders.

“We have told them where we want them to play on the field, where we want them to do cer­tain things,” he said. “We have sim­pli­fied as­pects of the game so we don’t get peo­ple do­ing things and say­ing ‘we didn’t know you didn’t want us to do that’.”

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