Toots and the Maytals to provide the preview
Oh pressure, oh yeah
Pressure’s gonna drop on you
I said pressure drop
Oh pressure, oh yeah
Pressure’s gonna drop on you”
We love Toots and The Maytals.
So much so that we are using one of their songs as a weak introduction to the preview of the massive clash between St Mirren and Hamilton. Yes, there is a big game at the top of the table tomorrow but in comparison, is it bigger than this game?
The loss of an SPL place, in the current financial status, may render the game at Ibrox as being akin to two bald men fighting over a comb.
St Mirren Park is the setting for the Saturday game which sees third bottom host second bottom and only a point between them. Given that Falkirk sit at the bottom of the SPL on 20 points, these sides on 22 and 21 points will be desperate for all three points.
Falkirk are at Tannadice today so you would imagine the home side should win but you never know in the SPL.
Falkirk will consider themselves unlucky not to have won at Tynecastle recently and of course, defeated Aberdeen last week.
All of which means there is a huge pressure on both of these clubs. St Mirren have the League Cup final to look forward to next month but retaining SPL status is vital. Even though the move to the new stadium looked to have the clubs finances into the black, their last AGM suggested that the club had moved back into debt.
Relegation could have harsh consequences for the Paisley club.
The outlook doesn’t seem as depressing for Hamilton who look to have a better system and set-up and should cope with a drop if it comes but no one wants to be relegated. The First Division is a seriously tight league and one that is notoriously difficult to get out of.
Neither of these sides could honestly say they would bounce back first time.
In saying that, would relegation be a complete disaster? Fans would get lower prices, they would feel as though they have a chance of winning most games, the atmosphere would be better, it would be a change of scenery and they wouldn’t have the patronising nonsense that they get from the media (this site probably included!!).
No one wants relegation and you can bet both sides will be fired up for today’s game but there could be some positives available if it goes wrong.
Or both sides can just hope Steven Pressley fails in his rescue mission and Falkirk ensure they both stay up.
Anyways, Buddies and Accies, do you think you’ll stay up?