ST MIRREN manager Stephen Robinson has urged his players to show no fear as they attempt to secure a place in Europe.

The Buddies were impressive as they battled to a 2-2 draw at Celtic Park on Saturday, with fifth-placed Hibernian losing to Rangers in Edinburgh on Sunday.

Those results mean Saints are now just two points behind Hibs and will be playing in Europe next season if they can leapfrog the Easter Road team and Celtic go on to defeat Inverness Caley Thistle in the Scottish Cup final.

Next up for Robinson's men is a trip to Aberdeen on Wednesday night, before they finish the season at home to Rangers on Saturday.

And he reckons the results they have achieved so far this season should give them the confidence needed to pick up more points in those two games.

Robinson said: "Against Celtic, we were 2-1 up and creating chances. We shouldn't fear anybody.

"I thought the boys were terrific. To be frustrated not to win the game tells you it was a magnificent performance, to a man.

"It's difficult to ask any more from them. We created chances and we asked the boys to be brave and they were.

"They passed the ball, we kept possession and we created a lot of chances.

"With two games to go, we're still in the race for Europe."

Robinson admits he left Celtic Park a "frustrated man" on Saturday after the Hoops bagged an equaliser in the final 10 minutes.

However, the Northern Irishman praised his players for going toe to toe with the champions.

"They are human, they make mistakes and sometimes they play better than others," said Robinson.

"What I never get is a lack of intensity and effort from a fantastic group of boys.

"Being frustrated not to win at Celtic Park shows what a good group of boys we've got and how far we've come."