Jim Goodwin fuming; says Celtic players put at risk

By John McGinley

December 24, 2021

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin still isn’t happy with the SPFL after Wednesday night’s game against Celtic in Paisley.

The Buddies came out of the match with a creditable 0-0 draw, despite having to make a number of changes and name a very inexperienced bench. Celtic too were weakened for the occasion owing to injury and suspension.

In new comments about the fixture, Goodwin made it clear how annoyed he remains that his players were put in that situation, also revealing he feels Celtic players were also put at risk.

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Jim Goodwin says Celtic player safety wasn’t put first

As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “It was my recommendation to the board that we should have refused to play. But I think the ramifications and sanctions that might have been brought against us would have made it difficult.

“It was the same last year when they tried to take points off us for the postponed Motherwell and Hamilton games. We won that battle, but we had to go down the legal route. I thought we could have done the same.

“The welfare of the players always needs to be paramount. We don’t know what will happen next, we will do lateral flow tests and the boys’ incubation period isn’t over until Friday.

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“We could still have a number of positive cases being carried around asymptomatically. I thought it was a hell of a risk to take, not just for our own players but for the Celtic players as well.”

If there is indeed any sort of Covid-19 issue for Celtic over the next few days then we know where to look, don’t we? Goodwin seems to think there could be latent incubation issues right up to today, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

The Celtic squad is already stretched and the task against St Johnstone is looking difficult enough. The last thing we need is a pandemic problem on our hands.

Thankfully, Celtic have learned lessons of the past and have really closed ranks on the Covid issue. There’s been no real hindrance to the clubs since last year’s Dubai debacle.

Fingers crossed that continues.

In other news, International manager raves about “special” Celtic star Tom Rogic.