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Robinson: St Mirren squad Stronger than ever

Stephen Robinson claimed his St Mirren squad is as “strong as it’s ever been” after missing out on Dutch striker Kevin van Veen on transfer deadline day.

Kilmarnock, three points ahead of the fifth-placed Saints in the cinch Premiership table, fended off competition from the Paisley club and Motherwell to sign the 32-year-old from Groningen on loan until the end of the season.

Robinson confirmed his interest in Van Veen, who scored 29 goals for the Steelmen last term, ahead of the trip to 

Hibernian on Saturday but insisted the loan signings of

 Kwon Hyeok-kyu, James Scott and Jaden Brown in January, to add to the earlier arrival of Elvis Bwomono, leaves his squad in good shape.

He said: “I think everybody in Scotland was looking at Kevin. When he became available it is something that you have to look at as a club but nothing came of it. It was a lead we followed at the last minute.

“We were quite happy with the business we had already done so it was a case of seeing if there was anything that could improve us but nothing came to fruition so we turned our phones off nice and early. I was in bed for 10 o’clock.

“I’m really happy with the signings we made and we have a really strong squad.

“For the resources we have at the club, I believe our squad is as strong as it’s ever been at St Mirren.

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