Both Alex Gogic and the St Mirren team as whole received plenty of plaudits for their battling performance against Celtic, but that is cold comfort to the centre back, who says that the Saints have to start turning creditable displays into wins on a more regular basis.

Stephen Robinson’s men have had an impressive season overall to date, and gave Celtic one or two scares on Sunday before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat. It was Gogic in fact who came closest to scoring for the hosts, smashing the crossbar and then drawing a superb save from Joe Hart with an acrobatic overhead kick.

"That was more in my teenage years...maybe I am still a teenager in my brain!” Gogic said.

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“I saw it and I thought 'just do it.' I felt that I had caught it sweet but fair play to Joe Hart, I just saw his hand push it away.”

The warm words that followed St Mirren’s showing mean little to the Cypriot international though, who says that his team must acquire a more ruthless streak in both boxes if they are to achieve their lofty goals this season.

"We play well and it's like 'well done' but it's happened too many times this season,” he said.

"Even last year we played well against them. We show respect but no fear and that is what the gaffer tells us to do. We press high and go after the ball and it is not just this season, we did that last season too.

“We started very well and the gaffer said before we went out to believe and to press them and not to fear anything and we did that. [But] it was an easy goal for them.

"It is that clinical element. We just need to get that goal. If we got that goal and made it 1-1 before half-time it would have been an interesting second 45 minutes but we didn't give up. We had chances but we need to be more clinical and get the ball over the line.

"We believe in what we have got. We have been playing well and we like that winning feeling after games. That is what we want more often.”

Saints manager Robinson showered praise on Gogic after the match, and he reluctantly admits that his move into the back three might be drawing out the best of him.

"I am enjoying it,” he said.

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“At the beginning of the season I told the gaffer that I prefer to play midfield but when Deccy (Declan Gallagher) left he said that was me in the back three.

“He said I might sometimes play in midfield but since that day when he told me I was part of the back three, I just put my head to it. That is my position and I just want to do my best.”