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St Mirren vs Hearts. Scottish Premiership.

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St Mirren 2

  • J Scott (7th minute)
  • J Bolton (65th minute)

Hearts 2

  • K Tagawa (20th minute)
  • L Shankland (73rd minute)

St Mirren 2-2 Hearts: Lawrence Shankland reaches 30-goal landmark in Scottish Premiership draw

Report as St Mirren and Hearts draw 2-2; James Scott and James Bolton scored their first goals for the hosts either side of an equaliser from Kyosuke Tagawa; Lawrence Shankland scored his 30th Hearts goal of the season as his side finish third; St Mirren will finish in fifth

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Lawrence Shankland scored his 30th Hearts goal of the season to help his team to a 2-2 draw away to St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership.

James Scott and James Bolton both scored their first goals for the hosts either side of an equaliser from Kyosuke Tagawa.

But Shankland stole the show with a spectacular volley after coming off the bench to break the 30-goal barrier for the club to add to the one he notched for Scotland against Georgia.

Neither side had much to play for with Hearts having long secured third place, while Dundee's defeat to Rangers on Tuesday ensured St Mirren will finish in fifth and with it a return to European football for the first time since 1987.

Buddies boss Stephen Robinson made four changes following their weekend loss to Kilmarnock, with starts for Jaden Brown, Richard Taylor, Keanu Baccus and Scott. Out went Ryan Strain, Marcus Fraser, Caolan Boyd-Munce and Toyosi Olusanya.

Hearts made five changes from the team that started against Dundee. Stephen Kingsley, Beni Baningime, Kenneth Vargas and Barrie McKay all dropped out alongside Shankland.

In their place came Toby Sibbick, Frankie Kent, Aidan Denholm, Scott Fraser and Tagawa, while Liam Boyce appeared off the bench for his first game in five months.

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St Mirren started brightly, with Mikael Mandron shooting over from an early chance. Baccus then teed up Scott who was denied by a smart save by Craig Gordon.

Lawrence Shankland
Image: Lawrence Shankland (right) celebrates his equaliser for Hearts against St Mirren

Minutes later, though, the former Motherwell forward had his first goal for St Mirren. Scott Tanser's cross was headed back across goal by Mandron for Scott to volley beyond the goalkeeper in the seventh minute.

Hearts drew level with their first real chance after 20 minutes. Cameron Devlin's cross was perfect for Tagawa and he drilled a low shot beyond Zach Hemming.

The Japanese forward could have had his second goal just before half-time but mis-hit his shot from an Alex Cochrane cross.

Tagawa also had the first chance of the second half but Taylor did well to get across to make an excellent block.

Both sides made changes to try to inject some fresh energy into the contest. Shankland was one of those to appear but dragged an effort from the edge of the box well wide.

Instead it was a St Mirren substitute who made the next impact, Boyd-Munce arcing the perfect delivery to the back post for Bolton to head beyond Gordon.

Shankland would not be outdone as he reached his personal goal landmark with a terrific volley over his shoulder after a corner had been only partially cleared.

What the managers said...

St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson:

"The boys have been absolutely fantastic for me. The boys on loan will go back. Charles Dunne and Keanu Baccus have been absolutely fantastic for me.

"Dunne has been with me everywhere I go. He's been very loyal and very good for St Mirren.

"These players will move on and they will with our very best wishes because they've been great for the club and for me. I'm delighted we've had the privilege of working with them."

Robinson admitted he was relieved to see his team clinch European qualification the night before without kicking a ball after Rangers rallied from two goals down to defeat Dundee 5-2.

"I was delighted with it! I turned the TV off at half-time and back on with three minutes to go and was very happy.

"In an ideal world, you do it yourself, but it took the pressure off. We're delighted to be in Europe and are looking forward to the draw.

"It gives us an opportunity to progress, make more money for the club and continue to build here. Expectations are high here now and we have to go and meet those going forward. We'll embrace that."

Hearts boss Steven Naismith on Lawrence Shankland:

"It's incredible. He's had plaudits and people have talked throughout the season but I don't think people will really understand it for a few years until it has been and gone and someone else is scoring goals.

"Hearts did a lot to get him here and then put their faith in him that he was going to be good. He has been a brilliant pro, a good leader, and his goal record over the two seasons here is unbelievable.

"He deserves everything that comes his way. He has had to graft his whole career to get anything out of it. He has had knockbacks and setbacks when he was younger and he is now getting recognition with the awards and the international
scene. But he deserves every bit of it."

What's next?

St Mirren's final Scottish Premiership match of the season is away to Celtic on Saturday, live on Sky. Hearts are at home to Rangers.

Both games kick off at 12.30pm.

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