JACK Ross is convinced St Mirren can take on Hibs this afternoon in good shape – both physically and mentally – after a fortnight without a game.
The lay-off has allowed Ross to work intensively on the training pitch with his new charges after kicking off his reign with a 2-0 home defeat to Dundee United.
The former Alloa Athletic manager believes the time has been well spent as he has got to know his squad better and they have been able to size up their new boss.
And the 40-year-old insists the fact the Buddies pulled off a shock 2-1 victory at Easter Road in the IRN-BRU Cup just two games ago means they should travel full of optimism as they bid to haul themselves off the foot of the Championship.
He said: “I think, psychologically, it’s a good thing for us to have won there so recently, albeit it was a very different game because it was a different competition.
“It’s a good game, a really exciting game, to be involved in. It’s a great place to go and play, a great stadium.
“And we have plenty of players in our squad who have experienced going to play in places like that and have done well, so it won’t faze them.
“It’s just about making sure that they maintain the mindset that we’re going there to win the game, which is something we’ve stressed to them all week.
“I’ve worked now with the players for a couple more weeks and I’m looking forward to seeing them in a match again.
“They’ve responded really well. The training pitch has been great and it’s just a challenge for us all to take that on to the pitch on a match-day.”