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Kearney advocates single game for play-off decider

Dundee United v St Mirren, Promotion/ Relegation Play-Off, First Leg, Tannadice, Tonight, 7.45pm

Oran Kearney
Oran Kearney
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

St Mirren manager Oran Kearney believes the Scottish Premiership's promotion/relegation play-off should be a one-legged affair at a neutral venue.

The Buddies boss leads his side into the first leg of the play-off against Dundee United at Tannadice tonight after nearly pulling off a remarkable escape job on the final day of the regular season.

Kearney's men defeated already-relegated Dundee, only to see Hamilton Academical pull off a shock win over St Johnstone to condemn Saints to the play-off.

Despite still needing to win the tie - the second leg of which is at the The Simple Digital Arena on Sunday - Kearney has worked wonders with the club he took over in September.

But the former Coleraine chief believes tonight's should be the only game between the two sides, with the winner taking all the spoils on the day.

"There's a big argument for the one-off game in a neutral venue," he said.

"With this (play-off), because it's from two separate leagues, yes I think there is an argument - with the amount of games that both teams have played," Kearney said.

"It is what it is and for us now we have to go and make sure we're ready for it."

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