Wed 16 December 2020 | 5:38

St. Mirren’s Tait wants to score more goals like James Tavernier

Tavernier has added up the number of his goals this season to 17 after a stunning 30-yard free-kick against Dundee United to help Rangers continue their unbeaten start to the season.

St Mirren’s


Richard Tait

said before his side’s Scottish League Cup clash with Rangers:

“They are scoring from all areas of the pitch, especially when you have got a full-back like Tavernier, who is absolutely outstanding.

“As a full-back myself, you look at him and that’s what you aspire to be like. He’s a fantastic player, but they’ve got many other players in the team who are terrific as well.

“It’s going to be a tough night, I’m pretty sure we are going to have to ride our luck at times, but if things go our way then there’s no reason why we can’t cause an upset.

“It’s a one-off game, anything can happen. You see cup upsets all the time and we’ll be doing our absolute utmost to make sure we are in the next round. It’s going to be very difficult but all we can do is try.”

Taint was able to reach the finals of the competition with Motherwell after coming on top over the


three years ago in the semi-finals.

“Getting to the Betfred Cup final was massive for the club and going on and getting to the final of the Scottish Cup, the community around Motherwell at that time was fantastic,”

the 31-year-old said.

“Everyone came together. You would be out shopping in Asda and there would be old ladies coming up to you and wishing you good luck. You would never normally get that.

“It was good for the area and, at a time like this, if we can push and manage to do that it would be awesome for Paisley, for sure.”

Tait had a bitter exit from


amid a withdrawn contract offer and a communication breakdown. He joined St Mirren this summer, and he’s quite happy with Saints’ win over his former side on Saturday.

“I enjoyed it,”

he said

. “I won’t lie to you, I enjoyed that win. More importantly it was three points for us but on a personal note I was delighted to go there and get three points.

“I love everyone at Motherwell, a great football club. Things didn’t work out and sometimes that’s football. You move on and I’m in a good place, I’m enjoying myself at St Mirren and that’s all that matters.”

Tait thinks St Mirren’s manager, Jim Goodwin, was able to create a competing team while he’s not the only good player in the squad.

“I think if you asked the manager at the start of the season, this is probably what he envisaged with the lads he brought in and the squad he put together,”

Tait said.

“Sadly up until now there’s been all sorts going on with Covid and suspensions and stuff, and now you are finally seeing what he had in mind.”

source: SportMob

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