Alan Stubbs keen to secure more firepower before league season starts

Alan Stubbs admits his St Mirren side are still short on firepower despite seeing them book a place in last 16 of the Betfred Cup with a 6-0 rout of Dumbarton.

Cammy Smith grabbed a double, with Haydon Coulson, Ross Stewart, Stephen McGinn and Jim Kellerman also netting as the Buddies clinched a best runners-up slot.

But having drawn their three previous encounters in the competition, Stubbs confessed he is still not entirely happy with the make-up of his squad.

He revealed he has already made contact with former club Everton to see if they can assist, but admits Saints may have to wait until the English transfer window shuts on August 9 before getting the quality frontman he is after.

Stubbs said: “I’m still looking to do some business. I’m still hopeful of bringing in a striker, but it’s a bit different here because the window’s a bit longer then down south. I am prepared to be patient to get the right ones in.

“I have been trying to lean on (Everton chairman) Bill (Kenwright) a little bit to get one or two out, but that charm hasn’t worked at the moment.

“It does help that the window is open longer up here though. The World Cup has really affected the Premiership teams in terms of what under-23s or fringe players are out, we won’t know that until August 10 when their window closes and the loan market is still available.

“We will get a clearer picture of what the clubs want to do then.”

Furious Sons boss Stevie Aitken hit out at his players for their collapse.

He said: “That was embarrassing. It’s not acceptable. I expect my team to compete and we were second best all over the park.”

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