St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has taken a sly Sky Sports dig ahead of tonight’s live broadcast of their game against Celtic.
Sky will be showing the game live this evening from Paisley, with their broadcast starting at 7pm on both Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.
It comes after Celtic’s game at Kilmarnock last week was also shown live on TV. The Hoops have once again been regularly seen on live TV this season. The same couldn’t be said of St Mirren, who’ve yet to actually host Sky at the Simple Digital Arena this season.
And as Goodwin previewed the game during his pre-match presser, he couldn’t help but take a small dig when asked a question by a Sky reporter:
"I'm hoping for a similar level of performance to the one we got at Parkhead recently. If we can reach those levels again then we'll cause Celtic problems."
— St Mirren FC (@saintmirrenfc) February 9, 2021
“We’re in a great place. The boys are really confident, full of self-belief. There’s no fear come Wednesday night, we’re really looking forward to it.
“Delighted that you guys are going to be here as well for the first time this season. You took your time. But hopefully we give you a decent game live on the telly and that will make you guys want to come back again.
“I’m just hoping for a similar level of performance to the one we got at Parkhead recently. If we can reach those levels again then we’ll cause Celtic problems. I don’t think the Celtic boys will look forward to coming here. I imagine they’ll be expecting a tough game. We don’t expect an easy game either, but I think it’ll be a really decent game for the neutrals who’ll be watching.”
Can’t complain with Sky Sports schedule; Celtic and Rangers will always take up their slots
In fairness to Sky, it’s difficult to really have much of a pop. Given they broadcast 48 live games each year, much focus will always be placed on Celtic and Rangers when they go away from home.
You then have the select home games from both Glasgow sides that are to be broadcasted. It’s also worth taking into account some of the tastier fixtures available to Sky too involving the likes of Aberdeen, Hibernian, Motherwell etc.
Even though this is fairly jovial from Goodwin, you can see there’s a frustration there. He believes his side deserves a bit more of the spotlight than it’s getting. Especially from Scottish football’s main live broadcaster who hasn’t shown one of their matches this season.
It’s down to the Buddies to show they deserve that spotlight. Goodwin has been steadily growing their reputation over the course of the last 18 months. Nowadays, they sit in the top six and will be looking to cement that spot before the split in a couple of months’ time.
If Goodwin can manage to do that, he’ll find his club getting that bit more attention from Sky. And deservedly so. But for now it’s difficult to have too much of a dig.
Hopefully, their rise this season is halted for at least a few days when we turn up in Paisley this evening. For Celtic, there can be no excuses tonight. Only three points will be deemed acceptable.