St Mirren have had their fair share of Covid-19 problems – but it’s served to bring the club closer together says Marcus Fraser.

Like many of his new teammates, Fraser has endured a stop-start time of things since arriving in Paisley from Ross County in the summer.

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Fraser is a Buddie. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Jim Goodwin’s side have been hit with multiple cases of Covid-19, forcing them into cold storage for almost a month earlier this season. It’s an experience the Buddies have grown stronger from.

“For me personally I think it will help the club and the group of players because everyone is just going to come out fighting at the other end of it,” Fraser said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Livingston.

“I see the players work hard every day, train well every day. I think together as a group we will come out the other end better for it and hopefully we start that on Saturday.

“The last couple of weeks in training has been really good, there’s been a tempo. It might have taken some people a little bit longer than they thought but a lot of people got game time in the cup games and that’s good.

“We have had a lot of training sessions under our belt and we are raring to go. It’s been annoying as a player but it’s issues that can’t be helped. The teams who deal with it the best way, either with Covid or suspensions, that’s going to show on the park. Hopefully we can put that behind us now.”

Fraser will be missing one his key teammates on Saturday, Joe Shaughnessy. The Irish centre-back picked up a red card away to Queen’s Park but Fraser says there’s little point worrying about it.

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A red card was to come. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“These things can’t be helped, you just get on with it,” Fraser said.  “We have to deal with it. If we get a win on Saturday, that’s all forgotten about it.

“You have to move on as a team and whoever the manager picks to take Joe’s place, I’m sure he will be ready.”

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