Fitzpatrick has happy memories of a Hampden victory in 1987.
By Laura McGimpsey
Tony Fitzpatrick believes his former club, St Mirren, can avoid relegation regardless of the outcome of Sunday's Co-operative Insurance Cup final.
They face Rangers at Hampden Park in their first major cup final since 1987.
"If they don't win the cup, I still feel they have got enough about them to keep themselves safe in the league," said the ex-Buddies boss and player.
"It can be such a massive lift if you win the trophy, I would think St Mirren would go from strength to strength."
Gus MacPherson's side are sitting just above relegation spot in the Scottish Premier League, whereas their rivals at the weekend have all but clinched the title and are on their way to a potential first leg of a domestic treble.
These group of players and Gus and Andy Millen and the staff there deserve this cup
Former St Mirren midfielder and manager Tony Fitzpatrick
Nonetheless, Fitzpatrick thinks the Paisley side can lift the trophy.
"I really believe they can do it," said the former St Mirren midfielder. "I watched them in the Scottish Cup against Rangers and every game they've played against them this season has been close apart from the last league game.
"I really feel St Mirren and these set of players that are there deserve to win a cup as they've put a lot of effort in over the last couple of years and it would be really nice if they could pull this one off.
"I've been at games where they've dominated games and got a draw out of it or lost a goal in the last minute to lose it.
"And that's why I think these group of players and Gus and Andy Millen and the staff there deserve this cup."
Having made 351 league appearances for St Mirren and still an avid supporter, Fitzpatrick will be at Hampden on Sunday cheering his side on.
Indeed, he was part of the all-Scottish team who beat Dundee United 1-0 in the Scottish Cup final at the national stadium in '87.
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