PETER Houston will run the rule over St Mirren on Tuesday night as he bids to ensure the Championship strugglers do not kick-start their league season against his Falkirk side this weekend.
St Mirren host Spartans in the Scottish Cup seeking a rare win and Houston will be in attendance to see for himself the Buddies’ current form.
And, with Falkirk having themselves only won once in their last five outings, the Bairns boss insists he is determined to leave nothing to chance this weekend.
He said: “I saw St Mirren myself against Ayr United in the Irn-Bru Cup and they won after being behind, so showed good spirit.
“Bbut then they had a disappointing result at home to Dunfermline.
“We’ll watch them again against Spartans but we know we’ll have to be prepared right because Jack Ross has gone in there and tried to implement his own ideas and get a run going.
“We have to make sure we’re not the team they start that run against, because we need the points as much as St Mirren do.”
Meanwhile, Falkirk have been drawn to face either Beith Juniors or Morton away from home in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
The Bairns were last out of the hat but still have to wait to discover the identity of their opponents.
Beith and Morton face each other on Saturday after their third round tie was postponed at the weekend due to the wintry weather.