St Mirren have reportedly opted against requesting to postpone their upcoming clash with Rangers [Scottish Sun].
The Saints are due to take on Celtic in Paisley on Wednesday night before facing Gio van Bronckhorst’s Gers at Ibrox on Boxing Day.
There had been some doubts about whether either fixture would go ahead, due to a Covid outbreak.
The Buddies have been hit hard, with a dozen first-team players and a member of the coaching staff all isolating, none of whom will be available for either match.
However, the Scottish Sun reports that the Buddies board have opted against requesting postponements.
Instead, manager Jim Goodwin is set to boost his total of ten fit senior outfield players by recalling four youngsters from loan spells at various Lowland League clubs.
And given that their training ground has now been deep cleaned, it’s hoped that no further players will test positive ahead of the matches.
Rangers boost as St Mirren to press on
It’s excellent news for Rangers that St Mirren aren’t seeking postponements.
First and foremost, Boxing Day football is something of a UK tradition and it would be far from ideal if the Gers were to miss out on the action due to circumstances outwith their control.
The fixture going ahead gives GvB’s side the chance to continue their excellent recent form, so momentum isn’t lost.
And while St Mirren are unlikely to be able to put up much resistance against Celtic on Wednesday night, Rangers will also face the Buddies while they’re extremely understrength and therefore, it would be a big surprise if there was anything other than a comfortable home win on Boxing Day.