07 Apr Saints going down
Motherwell 5-0 St Mirren
by Peter Martin
It was five going on ten as Motherwell merely confirmed what most of us knew before kick off, St Mirren are going down.
Caretaker boss Gary Teale said “Schoolboy errors cost us dear tonight and all through the season.”
The Saints boss added the usual “Until it is mathematically impossible” line, but you have to have some sign of fight, belief and talent in a team to suggest escaping relegation is a possibility.
This St Mirren side are dead and buried.
The demise of the Paisley outfit cannot be laid squarely at Gary Teale or indeed Tommy Craig’s door for the inevitable drop.
No, a share of the blame goes way back to the board’s decision to let Danny Lennon go and listen to some mutineers in the dressing room all vying for position in the power struggle to become manager in the new season.
Tommy Craig was the wrong choice, discarding Jim Goodwin from coaching duties was, in my mind, a mistake and the appointment of Gary Teale merely an indication that the board was rudderless and remains so in the quest for a long term strategy.
Let’s not forget, they want out, but any potential buyers will now be looking for a bargain price for a club heading for the Championship with no guarantee of a quick return, when you consider the clubs that could remain in that division.
In contrast, Motherwell live to fight another day, but their fate is also unclear because Ross County haven’t read the script in this battle and just keep on winning.
The one good thing about Ian Baraclough’s side is they have goals in them and Scott McDonald, John Sutton and Lee Erwin all got on the scoresheet on Tuesday night and may just fire them to safety after the split.
Partick Thistle are not out of it either and that sets up a thrilling encounter at Firhill on Saturday against Motherwell, before St Mirren face Ross County next Monday night.
We are now getting closer to the answers of winners and losers this season. Celtic will be Premiership champions, St Mirren are going down, Hearts are coming up, but who will take that final place in the Premiership after the play-offs is the only doubt.
I am starting to believe that Rangers will do it, unless you know different?