St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin seethes at Celtic "hardest hit" statement

By Euan Davidson

January 15, 2021

Celtic have had their fair share of critics over the last week. That includes the club’s own supporters, including ourselves.

We’ve been over this: Dubai was a mistake, we’ll feel the effects of it for a long time.

This morning, though, an ex-Celt and current Premiership manager has taken exception to Peter Lawwell’s line of thinking.

The Celtic chief executive claimed:

“It’s affected our club probably more than any. These challenges have come upon us. For our supporters and our community, we’ve really got to stick together, be united and face these challenges together.”

St. Mirren boss, Jim Goodwin, is absolutely not having the Celtic claim.

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His side are currently appealing against forfeits (Herald), and the Betfred Cup semi-finalists have struggled to put teams out already this season. Speaking to the Paisley Daily Express, Goodwin said:

“I think every club has felt this has been extremely challenging from day one. Each club has had difficulties to deal with, sometimes they’re outwith our control and sometimes there are things we can do better.

“We’re learning every week about what the pandemic can do and there are different strains appearing.

“I don’t want to get dragged into what’s going on at other clubs because it’s none of my business, but I’m not having anyone say that they’ve been hit harder.”

Goodwin has disputed Celtic claim / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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From the moment he said it, Lawwell’s “more than any” claim sounded foolish. Especially when you consider that most of Scottish football is going into lockdown.

St. Mirren have been particularly unlucky with Covid this season, although admittedly, haven’t helped themselves. Goodwin’s side have been punished for breaking social distancing protocol, as well as travelling issues.

However, those charges seem pretty pale in comparison to the Celtic Dubai debacle, and Jim Goodwin is right to be feeling a little indignant.

The Buddies currently sit 8th in the table (SPFL), with 23 points from 20 matches. Their Irish manager, who played once for Celtic in 2000 (Celtic Wiki), knows the value of points in this league. He’ll be desperate to avoid further Covid breaches.

St. Mirren have certainly had a harder time of it with the virus this season, and it’s not even close. We doubt he’ll be the last manager to give his take on Lawwell’s outrageous claim.