Report: SPFL reject St Mirren request to postpone Celtic game

By Euan Davidson

December 21, 2021

The SPFL have rejected a request from St Mirren to postpone the Celtic game tomorrow night, according to the Daily Record.

Despite calling for a rescheduling, after several key players and staff were ruled out through positive Covid-19 tests, the league have called for matches to go ahead. SPFL rules dictate that if Goodwin has 13 players and a goalkeeper to choose from, the game must go ahead.

The Daily Record have stated that St Mirren will, then, have to honour fixtures against both Celtic and Rangers over the coming days.

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For Celtic, it’s an odd situation to be in. For one thing, can we be absolutely assured that Celtic going to Paisley isn’t a risk in and of itself?

Secondly, it seems extremely harsh on St Mirren. Of course, Celtic were in this position before, and had to play out a game against Hibernian with mostly youth players. It finished 1-1, somewhat remarkably [BBC].

The Buddies certainly won’t be best pleased. With limited attendances due to come into force after Boxing Day, expect more upheaval and drama over the next week at least.

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It’s not as if there wouldn’t be time elsewhere. If the season had to be extended, then so be it, provided fans could get in. Given the financial implications for clubs playing without supporters in attendance, not postponing matches seems to make no sense.

And, it also hints at the SPFL’s attitude towards Celtic’s wish to bring the winter break forward. Sky Sports really hold the key here, and if they can’t reschedule coverage, the league loses out.

But from a safety point of view, first and foremost, can the SPFL really justify being so hard-line here? How is it okay to have a full attendance game tomorrow and not mere days after?

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It’s a confusing situation, and the motives of the key stakeholders seem extremely unclear.

For what it’s worth, you could see from one point of view that the SPFL have given Celtic a gift here. A bereft St Mirren should hold no real challenge for Ange Postecoglou’s side.

We’ll be sure to see more drama unfold as Omicron continues to wreak havoc on Scottish football.

Read more: Motherwell back Celtic calls to bring forward the winter break