JACK Ross hopes his St Mirren side can draw more plaudits from Catalan giants Barcelona if Saints win the Championship this season.

The Buddies produced a brilliant team goal in last Friday’s 2-1 win over Dunfermline, as Saints play dazzled the spectators at East End Park and across the nation.

Cammy Smith rolled the ball into the net after Lewis Morgan backheeled it to the attacking midfielder, with beautiful build-up play slicing apart the Pars defence.

The La Liga side, well known for their passing play and tiki-taka, complimented the Paisley side on Twitter for their stunning goal.

The Spanish giants said: “Incredible @saintmirrenfc! We love to see the Barca style away from Camp Nou!”

And the Saints boss hopes Ernesto Valverde’s side can lavish more praise on the Buddies if they win the league this year, with St Mirren sitting 11 points clear at the top.

He said: “It was nice to get that message from Barcelona, but it would be even better if it was a message congratulating us on winning the Championship.

“It just continued that good feeling around the club at the moment.

“It goes hand in hand with the mood of the last 12 months.

“At the time, I knew it was a good goal but because you are caught up in the game, you don’t realise how good.

“The pleasing thing is that I saw a lot of things within the move that we do work on.”

St Mirren’s attacking play has been catching the eyes of pundits and fans more over the last month, with Paisley side having four games on TV in that period.

In that time Ross’ team have pulled clear of their nearest rivals Dundee United, as they target a return to the Premiership after being relegated in 2015.

The club bolstered their squad over the January transfer window to help them ensure their return, bringing in four new signings.

And one late addition for St Mirren was deadline day signing Myles Hippolyte, the Falkirk forward joining on an 18-month contract.

The former Alloa manager was delighted to sign the 23-year-old, and hopes he will add a different dimension to the Buddies attack.

He added: “He is quick and dynamic, and can play in any of the front four positions that we play with.

“But he is probably a bit more powerful in terms of his physique because we have got a number of smaller players.

“He gives us something a little bit different in terms of his actual physical presence, but his other attributes are similar to the players we have got.

“We feel as if he somebody that we can hopefully go forward with and I think he is a good fit in terms of how we play.”

St Mirren take on Queen of the South in Paisley on Saturday, but their latest signing Hippolyte is ruled out of this weekend's game through injury.

But there was more positive news about midfielder Josh Todd, who has been out of action since dislocating his shoulder back in September.

Ross said: “Myles will not be ready on Saturday, but he will be available for us the following week.

“Josh Todd is back in full training, but he is still short in match fitness. Apart from that we are OK.”