ST Mirren midfielder Brad Lyons doesn’t care if his relegation rivals have written the Buddies he insists the Paisley men are ready to prove everyone wrong.

Oran Kearney’s troops currently sit bottom of the Premiership, one point adrift of 11th-placed Dundee, and have only won once in the last nine games in all competitions.

They travel to Perth to take on Tommy Wright’s St Johnstone in a rearranged fixture tonight and Lyons is hoping to start their march up the table with three points.

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The on-loan Blackburn man also revealed he’s excited to be thrown into high-pressure situations.

He told Gazette Sport: “I would say other teams have written us off but that just gives us extra drive to prove them wrong.

“If they are writing us off, so be it. We are just going to concentrate on ourselves and see where it takes us.

“I think these are the games that you look forward to. Yes, there is pressure but the better players rise to the pressure. That’s what we want to do. We want to show that we can rise to the pressure and we know we are capable of that.

“We have been playing well recently, so we just have to continue to pick up results.”

The 21-year-old insists he wants to keep St Mirren up as much as anyone in the dressing room, despite only joining the club in a temporary switch from England in January.

The Northern Irishman was one of 10 players to arrive through the doors in Paisley during a hectic month as Kearney ripped up the remains of Alan Stubbs’ doomed reign.

Lyons, whose move to the Simple Digital Arena saw him link up with his former Coleraine boss Kearney, created a storm on social media after being unveiled in a picture wearing his specs.

On the pitch, he has already helped to play his part in the Buddies’ promising performances of late, including draws away to Hearts and Aberdeen.

But Lyons doesn’t want to return to Ewood Park with a relegation on his CV – and knows performances will have to turn into results sooner rather than later.

He continued: “One hundred per cent, I want St Mirren to stay up, as I love the club.

“They have given me the chance to play at a high level and I want to win every game.

“I’m the same as everybody in the changing room, we are a competitive bunch. If you don’t want to win every game, I don’t think you should be in the sport.

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“I am totally invested in every game when I walk out with that black and white shirt on.

“I don’t want a relegation on my CV. I’m on loan from Blackburn but I have been looking at the results since the manager came in and now I’m here to help the club.

“It’s about picking up three points and being successful in the relegation battle as that can only work well for me.”

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