St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin thinks going to Ibrox on Boxing Day in front of only 500 Rangers fans could be a disadvantage for his side as he aims to repeat Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw with Celtic.

The Buddies frustrated Celtic in Paisley as the Covid-ravaged Saints had to field a number of kids against the Gallowgate Galacticos.

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While Sunday’s game will be the last before the winter break for both sides, Goodwin admits he can’t see the point in playing in front of 500 fans in a 50,000-seater stadium – and believes the lack of fans could actually cause his side problems.

“It could potentially be a disadvantage because anyone will tell you when you go to Ibrox or Parkhead the first thing you want to do is get the fans frustrated in the opening 10 or 15 minutes,” Goodwin said.


“We know what it is like, if Celtic or Rangers don’t get a goal in the opening 15 to 20 minutes then the crowd sometimes becomes restless.

“So I think it could potentially be a disadvantage for us, but I thought the whole idea of bringing the winter break forward was because we were going to miss the fans.

“I just don’t see the point in going ahead with these Boxing Day fixtures with 500 fans in the stadium when you could push it back a little bit and, hopefully, get 50,000 in there.

“But it is what it is, the decision has been made, we respect it as a football club, we will go do whatever we are asked to do.

“But it will be back to that horrible time again with no fans in the stadium, nobody enjoys it.

“The supporters who are there won’t enjoy it, certainly us, as players and staff won’t enjoy it either. There is no atmosphere, it really reduces the spectacle.”

Meanwhile, the Rangers boss has stated the winter break move makes no difference to Ibrox stars.

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