St Mirren manager Jack Ross admits his side are faced with a tough start to the league campaign, but last weekend’s victory against Falkirk gives them a chance to keep their momentum going.
Heading into the first Renfrewshire Derby of the season, Ross told Kyle Gunn on Thursday:
“It is always a good game to have. I think when you look at this league, there are no easy games. I think on paper, we knew we had a really tough start. Last week was a really tough opening fixture to have and then to follow that up with an away game at your derby rivals is challenging, but equally exciting for the players because they came off last week with an atmosphere around the game and that will be the same this weekend. We will take a big support and it is Morton’s first home game of the season. The last trip we had there was obviously good under very different circumstances and we just want to keep that momentum going.
Ross has added to his squad this week, with the addition of 33-year-old striker Darryl Duffy.
“I think I have spoken often enough about how we needed another attacking option. What we have done here is attract a player with really good pedigree and really good quality. I actually played with him a long time ago at Falkirk just before he got his move to Hull. The average age of our squad has went down massively from last season and he brings that experience and character to the training ground,”
Duffy, on signing for the Buddies, added:
“I’m absolutely delighted, it has been a long time coming since I last played in Scottish football. I’m delighted to be home and can’t wait to get started.”
The striker who has been plying his trade in India over the last few seasons, continued:
“I’ve got two boys – one aged five and one aged seven. They’ll be starting primary one and primary three in August so it was always the plan to come back, get them settled and into school then try and find a club in Scotland.”
Duffy, who received international clearance yesterday and is available for selection versus Morton, concluded:
“I have watched the last two games and the lads have been doing really well, so I am going to have to be patient and wait my turn. It is up to me then; if you can pick a game for your first game, your first involvement, then why not a derby? It’ll be pretty full on and I am looking forward to it.”
For a more in-depth review of Thursday’s St Mirren Press Conference, please visit Kyle Gunn’s website here: