Only Rangers and Celtic are safe from relegation!

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Last updated : 02 October 2002
Ian Murray has told the Evening News that everyone outside the OF must fear relegation.

Ian Murray
It's a dogfight
Murray said: "Last season St Johnstone were all but left on their own at the bottom but I don’t think it will be that way this time, whoever goes down will do so fighting. Even this early in the season it’s a dogfight. We’ve had a really bad start to the season, Hearts have begun well and yet there are only eight points between us."

The stand-in captain, who has scored in successive league games, continued: "Every team is going to pick up points, it just depends who you pick them up against and that made our game with Livingston the proverbial six-pointer. It could have gone either way and I know how Livingston are feeling because last season we were going places and being beaten by the odd goal. I didn’t think they were too bad, they had a few chances against us and were a bit unlucky having a goal chalked off. The game could have gone either way, but it is all very tight."

And the youngster, who many are touting for a place in the latest Scotland squad, highlighted how close it is with the 'gang of ten', saying: "Last week we beat Kilmarnock who were then in fourth place, Motherwell beat Celtic and we went to Parkhead and only lost 1-0. The last couple of games has put a bit of daylight between us and the bottom but we know that you can quite easily be right back down there again."

Ian then talked about how low everyone at the club was feeling after THAT gubbing at the hands of Dunfermline, and how maybe that was a turning point for the team: "It was a really bad one for us, very hard for us to take. Usually I can take a defeat not too badly but that was the lowest I have every felt after a game, it was the worst ever. It was killing me and I think killing everyone at the club. The fans let us know what they thought of us, it was a real kick up the back-side. We then went to Parkhead where a lot of people expected us to be simply overwhelmed but we stood firm and now we’ve got back-to-back wins over Kilmarnock and Livingston. There seems to be a greater determination about us."


Meanwhile, defender Gary Smith has said that he's happy that the defence is finally shutting out SPL strikers, and pointed to one of the new signings as one to watch.

Smith said:"We put our hands up and recognise and acknowledge we have had a really bad start to the season, but we knew that with three home games in a row we would have a chance to pick up some points which we have done so far. It boosts confidence when you are winning and psychologically it does you good to get off the bottom of the table. The way the fixtures have fallen, the games against Livingston and this weekend against Dundee United are real six-pointers, big matches."

Yannick Zambernardi
Got to be worth 50 points in Scrabble!
The ex Aberdeen star Rennes star paid a glowing tribute to new signing Yannick Zambernardi, saying: "We’ve looked more solid in the past few weeks but there is still more work to be done with the manager and his coaches in training. Yannick has done very well and he is definitely a good addition to the squad. He’s working hard on his English and it is coming on which will also help a lot. My French is a bit limited although I know footballing terms. However, it doesn’t really help, there would be no point in me shouting to Yannick in French and the other players who are about and needing to know what is going on not understanding. It’s better we stick to English and Yannick is learning quickly."

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