Anton Ferdinand: St Mirren need to sign 'older heads' in January to survive

Anton Ferdinand taps the badge on his shirt after St Mirren's 1-1 draw at Dundee
St Mirren's 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Dundee in their last outing ended a run of seven straight defeats

St Mirren centre-back Anton Ferdinand believes the Premiership strugglers need to sign experienced players in January to help a young squad survive.

The Buddies have collected just two points from a possible 27 since manager Oran Kearney took over in September.

They have failed to win a league game since the opening day of the season.

"I think we need a couple of players who are ready to play in the Premiership and have a bit of an older head," Ferdinand told BBC Sportsound.

"I think the teams we have played around us have got more know-how in how to win games than we have. We are a bit more naive than other teams, but a lot of that comes down to experience and having a lot of young heads in the team.

"But in terms of work ethic and graft, there's not a problem. I believe we are going to be fine if we get some good players in January, which the gaffer is talking about.

"I am confident in the boys we have got. I am happy that we have got more than enough to stay in that region, then come January the manager can get to work to get the players he thinks he needs."

St Mirren technical director Gus MacPherson, who returned to the club shortly after Kearney's appointment, admits recruitment now forms a "major part" of their strategy to achieve their "sole aim" of staying up.

"Trying to attract players when January comes along, short-term I think that's all we can really look at," he said.

"There are certain areas we'd like to strengthen to give them a help. There are areas we feel a little bit light, where players are playing out of position and doing a sterling job but we want to try to get players in their strongest positions so they can perform to the best of their capabilities."

As well as recruitment, MacPherson wants to shed players from a squad he feels is too big.

Despite a poor sequence of 10 defeats and two draws since the opening-day victory over Dundee, MacPherson is not sure if changes in January will be wholesale.

"It's difficult to tell because we've got eight games before January comes along," he added.

"The most important people at the moment are the current playing staff. We've got to focus on them. They've applied themselves really well."

'They have to be more creative' - Analysis

Former St Mirren and Scotland striker Steven Thompson:

"The team in general needs strengthening. A big part of the problem has been the lack of goals - only six [in 13 league matches], and one of those was an own goal.

"If you are not scoring goals, or even creating good opportunities, it is going to be difficult. Dundee have the same problem. If I was Oran Kearney, I would be looking to solve that problem first.

"They haven't taken that many hidings, but if you are going to be competitive in a game, you have to have that opportunity to score goals.

"It is not just the strikers. As a team they have to be more creative and start creating and taking those opportunities if they are going to stay in the league."

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