Reid says new Saints are up for the challenge
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’.”