Saints Billy on Mission to Break Rangers Hoodoo; Mehmet: Wants to Better His Goal Tally of Last Season
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS
HAVE you heard the one about the Englishman of Turkish descent who represented Ireland but plays his club football in Scotland? For SPL defences this season, however, St Mirren striker Billy Mehmet is no joke as Hearts, Inverness, Falkirk and Motherwell would surely attest to.
Tomorrow, the powerful front man hopes to cap his best start to a campaign by scoring his first ever goal against Rangers. It would be a feat which, with the season barely weeks old, would ensure the 24-year-old equals his record of eight goals in a single season, set in 2007-08. The Saints striker believes he is owed a slice of good fortune against Walter Smiths side. I have been unlucky against Rangers in my career, he said. I have never scored against them before. Last season, I remember hitting the post. Hopefully, with the run I am on, I can get my first against them this weekend. Ive never been involved in a team which has beaten Rangers. I think my best result was a 1-1 draw when I played for Dunfermline. The former West Ham trainee, who started his career in Scotland at East End Park and made his Ireland Under 21 debut against Poland in 2004, insists he has not sought out new training methods over the summer. Nor does he feel his improved performance is down to the presence of Dennis Wyness, Tom Brighton and Jim Hamilton breathing down his neck. I honestly havent a clue what has changed this season but I hope it continues, he said. But maybe its just as simple as being in the right place at the right time. I dont think its necessarily down to the increased competition for places at the club either. …