Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men are currently seven points behind their rivals in the top-flight table and have a chance to cut that to four before the rest of the clubs play their games over the weekend.
Therefore, he should be desperate to pick up all three points against St Mirren and he may look to alter his starting XI from the scrappy 1-0 win over Hearts in order to do so.
Van Bronckhorst must now be cautious with the New York City FC loanee and leave him on the bench. This will allow him to finally unleash Glen Kamara from the start in the middle of the park, hopefully helping him to rediscover his best form.
He has not started a match in any competition for the Light Blues since the 4th of September against Ajax in the Champions League and the head coach should now name him in the XI after the blow to Sands.
Therefore, the Finland international, who his former manager Neil McCann once claimed is “made of iron“, could offer slightly more than the American midfielder if he is able to get back to his best in the Premiership.
He has proven that he can provide consistently impressive performances at this level but he has not had the chance, with two starts in the league this season, to find his rhythm, which is why van Bronckhorst must unleash him today to see if he can recapture his mojo.