Tonight Celtic travel to St Mirren for the fifth fixture of the Scottish Premier League. The match will be Oran Kearney’s first one in charge of St Mirren and this will be the biggest test of his relatively short managerial career to date. Kearney has moved to the Scottish Premier League from Coleraine FC and is untried in Scottish football but Stephen Craigan says he thinks it could all work out well for both parties.
If you were managing in Scotland for the very first time, the last club you would probably want to come up against would be Celtic. Brendan Rodgers’ team has recovered from their Champions League disappointment with a win over their Old Firm rivals Rangers. Having won everything in sight over the last two years, Celtic still look like they are going to dominate Scottish football for the foreseeable future.
Kearney did well at Coleraine in NIFL
So Kearney goes straight into the thick of the action tonight as his Saints team host the champions. Kearney has made a name for himself in the NIFL, where he guided Coleraine to win the Irish Cup and over his years in charge, he’s transformed them from relegation battlers into title contenders. That will be one of his key objectives at St Mirren but it will be a big challenge.
Kearney moves from part-time to full-time football management
Craigan said of the appointment: It’ll be harder dealing with players who all want to be in the team so it will be interesting to see how he translates from part-time to full-time football in a league he doesn’t know. But sometimes that aspect helps bring a bit of freshness. He’s an ambitious manager and wants to set his standards high. It takes time but, having listened to him, he’s excited about coming here.”
It will certainly be interesting to see how his career at St Mirren plays out, although fans hopefully won’t be expecting immediate miracles from him against the giants Celtic. The match is on at 7:45 pm this evening, as domestic football, gets back underway after the international break.