St Mirren will travel to Celtic Park tomorrow without manager Jim Goodwin

By John McGinley

August 20, 2021

St Mirren will be without Jim Goodwin for this weekend’s trip to Celtic in the Scottish Premiership after he tested positive for Covid-19.

A statement on the club’s official website said: “St Mirren Football Club can confirm that manager Jim Goodwin will miss this weekend’s match away to Celtic after testing positive for Covid-19.

“Everyone at the club wishes Jim a full and speedy recovery.

“Lee Sharp and Jamie Langfield will take charge of first-team duties until the manager returns.”

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Clearly, the health of Goodwin comes first. It goes without saying that we hope he’s back in the dugout as quickly as possible.

This is a significant blow for the Buddies. Goodwin has been a huge leader for the club since joining as manager and they’ll now be without this presence for tomorrow’s match.

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It’s a reminder that the problems surrounding the pandemic haven’t gone away just because social distancing measures have been relaxed.

Clubs and staff have to be as vigilant as ever to ensure there aren’t mass breakouts within a squad group.

Celtic know how damaging that can be more than most after last season’s dramas.

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The Bhoys are unlikely to change their preparation for the fixture. Ange Postecoglou and his squad will be focused on how they can impact the match, rather than second-guessing what St Mirren now may be like without their manager.

If we play to the best of our abilities we should have too much for the visiting Paisley side.

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