JIM Goodwin was glad to see St Mirren get off to a winning start in the Scottish Premiership as he surveyed an early Old Firm fixture double. 

The Buddies gave debuts to goalkeeper Jak Alnwick and defenders Joe Shaughnessy, Marcus Fraser and Richard Tait for the visit of Livingston on Saturday and it was the latter's header on the half-hour mark which kept the points in Paisley on opening day.

Saints visit Rangers on Sunday before a home game against champions Celtic the following Wednesday night and Goodwin acknowledges how difficult the games will be, although he is taking a positive outlook.

He said: "That's why I didn't want to stress that to the players but in the back of my own mind I was feeling the importance of the result.

"If you go into the next two particular games off the back of a defeat it can be demoralising but we're not going to chuck the towel in before a ball is kicked.

"I do believe that if we get the shape right and make life difficult for Rangers firstly, then Celtic, then we give ourselves a chance.

"Last year we weren't able to take anything off either of the Old Firm, albeit we had a few narrow defeats, but hopefully the next one against Rangers, we will be able to take a positive result away from there."

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