As Saints get ready to welcome East of Scotland Football League outfit Broxburn Athletic to the Simple Digital Arena in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup tomorrow, Jim Goodwin has warned his squad against complacency and urged them to treat the game like any other.

He said: “The game has got a level of expectation and brings its own pressures with it. We are heavy favourites, there’s no doubt about that and rightly so. We’re the full-time team and the Premiership team.

"We will be expected to go out and put on a good performance and everyone will expect us to win comfortably. I’ve been in the game a long time and I know that it won’t be quite as straightforward as that.

“The 2013 League Cup run was an upset. We beat Aberdeen and then Celtic in the semi-final, that was probably the biggest upset I took part in as a player. 

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“We know what to expect and cup upsets happen all the time. What I will say is we’re approaching the game like we would any other game. We’ve given Broxburn all the respect we would give to a Premiership team. 

“We’ve watched them live twice, we’ve got as much footage of them as we can. I’ve spoken to people I know within that league for information on players. We’re not underestimating them at all.”

Goodwin, meanwhile, has also hinted that all three new signings will be involved in the squad tomorrow but hastened to add that the Irish duo haven’t played since October. 

Conor McCarthy and Jamie McGrath came over from the League of Ireland and played their last game three months ago but, along with Norwich City loanee Akin Famewo, are expected to make an appearance at the weekend.

Goodwin continued: “It’s important to point out their season finished in October so this is very much a pre-season period for them. 

“There’s going to be a little bit of acclimatisation for them but we do expect to give them their debuts. We’re looking forward to see what they can do.”

And the Buddies gaffer also confirmed that they could look to bring in a striker before the end of the January transfer window.

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He added: "We're looking at at least another one. It's important that we look to try and strengthen.

"I think we've shored up the backline now and Jamie McGrath has come in as a more creative type.

"I think we still need one more, either a wide man with a bit of pace or a striker. But we'll see, we're still in the market and still on the lookout."

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