St Mirren confirm "a number" of Covid-19 cases 5 days before Celtic clash

By Euan Davidson

December 17, 2021

St Mirren have confirmed that a “number” of their players have returned positive Covid-19 tests just 5 days before facing Celtic.

The Bhoys are scheduled to visit Paisley on Wednesday, 22nd of December. St Mirren have suspended training, but remain committed to their upcoming fixtures, according to a statement from the club [SMFC].

Last night, it was revealed that the SFA’s Joint Response Group had met to discuss the practicalities of the fixtures between now and January’s winter break.

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However, St Mirren’s announcement today has thrown a spanner in the works, with Celtic surely keeping a close eye on the situation.

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The statement read [SMFC]:

“St Mirren Football Club can confirm that following recent lateral flow testing we have unfortunately received a number of positive COVID-19 cases.

“In line with Government guidelines, those affected have now taken PCR tests and will self-isolate for 10 days. 

“Training has been suspended, but as it stands our upcoming matches will still go ahead. We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days.

“The health and wellbeing of our players and staff remains our utmost priority. 

“St Mirren Football Club will make no further comment at this time.”

Worrying times for St Mirren, Celtic and the Scottish Premiership as a whole

As it stands, the fixtures planned for the immediate future have not been cancelled.

There are, however, likely to be some interesting outcomes from the JRG’s meetings. A consultation with Premiership clubs is sure to yield some contrasting opinions on the next rounds of fixtures.

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Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, will deliver a briefing to the country at 12.15pm [Scottish Government], following the spread of the Omicron variant in Scotland.

Where football’s concerned, these are nervy times. Especially with Premiership clubs like St Mirren shutting down training ahead of some important games.

What’ll happen next is unclear.

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