Higgins Fitness Cause For Concern

Last updated : 29 November 2013 By Queens MAD


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Queen of the South have fitness concerns over defender Chris Higgins as they entertain St Mirren in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

The Championship outfit defeated their Premiership visitors 2-1 after extra time in the League Cup in August.

St Mirren are hopeful defender Lee Mair will overcome a knock, while Gary Teale and David Barron are making good progress in their rehabilitation.

Captain Jim Goodwin returns from suspension for the fourth-round clash.

Queen of the South manager Jim McIntyre : "That was a terrific win, but St Mirren have improved a lot since then.

"Outside of Celtic, they are the form side in the top division, so we have a hard task ahead.

"Their manager, Danny Lennon, deserves credit for turning things around, but we have players that will enjoy the challenge, so we are in with a chance."

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon : "You are the holders of the cup and you want to hold on to that as much as you possibly can - and we enjoyed the full experience of picking up silverware. So to fall at the first hurdle was bitterly disappointing.

"We didn't do ourselves justice that night. One-nothing up and then we allow two poor goals to put us out.

"We had a lot of players out of form that night and I'm delighted to say we are now in a far better place.

"It's important we bring the good qualities we have shown in the last six or seven weeks.

"We have got to be at our utmost best and be professional."

Indications are that a healthy Saints support is heading for Palmy and Kevan the groundsman assures us that the  astro turf is in top nick after the correct brushes and improved equipment has been used.