Smith in squad to face Dundee
Buddies boss Danny Lennon moved quickly to make the capture
after summer signing Grant Adam was injured while playing for the
under-20 side on Tuesday.
Adam is expected to be sidelined for up to four months and
Saints have recruited Smith until January.
The 26-year-old was a product of the St Mirren youth system
before going on loan to Dunfermline midway through the 2009-2010
season and making the move permanent.
Lennon told the club’s website: “Chris Smith is no stranger to
St Mirren Football Club.
“We got a bit of bad news about Grant Adam’s injury so to keep
the depth in the squad strong we felt it important to go out there
and see to that.
“Chris looks in great condition and under Jim Jefferies at
Dunfermline he played well at the tail end of last season and we’ll
look to kick him on again.”
Lennon added: “Grant will be out of action for the best part of
three to four months as he has damaged his posterior cruciate
ligament and has a hairline fracture on his tibia. It is a big blow
for Grant and a big blow for the club.
“While Grant is on the mend we have reacted to it and we still
give ourselves very good depth in the squad by signing Chris.”
Meanwhile, Lee Mair expects former club Dundee to go all out to
show they deserve their place in the SPL when they host the Buddies
The Dark Blues – Irn-Bru First Division runners-up – replaced
troubled Rangers in the top-flight and earned a credible goalless
draw at Kilmarnock in last week’s opener.
Mair said: “It’s going to very tough, especially with it being
their first home game back in the SPL.
“It’s going to be quite hostile and I imagine they’ll have lots
of fans so hopefully we can bring a few through as well and it’s a
“These boys have got something to prove by being back in the SPL
and showing they are capable of playing there.
“They didn’t win the league so people are maybe saying they
don’t deserve to be in the SPL so they’ll have that between their
teeth and will have something to prove.”
The defender added: “I came through the youths at Dundee and was
there for eight years so I know it’s a massive club.
“They’ve had ups and downs and been in administration twice so
hopefully now that they’re back in the SPL, they can build on
“I’ve got a lot of great memories and a great feeling for the
place – but hopefully it will be three points for us on