Jim Goodwin is hoping that this week can fully allow St Mirren to put a torrid start to the season behind them.

The Buddies returned to action for the first time in almost a month last Friday against Dundee United after an outbreak of Covid-19 forced the entire squad into self-isolation. That’s without mentioning the false-positives they had in the summer and a goalkeeper wipeout due to Covid in September.

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Covid problems hit the Buddies. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

A disciplinary hearing is set for this week after St Mirren were charged by the SPFL over their Covid-19 situation. Goodwin says the club have did all they can to help the authorities and prepare for the hearing, explaining how sponsors Kibble have helped them out.

“It’s not something I’ve been speaking a great deal about with the players,” said Goodwin.


“I have been kept in the loop with what is going on by Tony Fitzpatrick (St Mirren chief executive) with conversations about the extent of what we are up against in the investigation.

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Fighting a battle. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“We are as well prepared as we can be going into it. We’ve given out all the information and tried to help the SPFL in their investigation, giving them everything they have asked for.

“We’re very lucky that recently we have had Kibble coming on as a partner. They have been a great support throughout this period and handed out some really worthwhile advice. It’s brought the club closer together.

“It’s made us aware of how important the whole group is. Everyone has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure we fight our case as best we can.”

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Brought about unity. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With a Renfrewshire derby with Morton to navigate on Wednesday too, this week is huge for St Mirren. An investigation win, derby success and progression to the last 16 of the League Cup could see the Paisley side turn a corner.

“We’ve suffered a hell of a lot in the last few months,” said Goodwin. “We aren’t looking for sympathy. It’s just one of those situations we found ourselves in. I’ve said to the players that they can’t affect what’s been.

“But we can impact what happens in the weeks and months ahead. If I can keep my players fit and healthy, I’ve got a squad as good as the majority of teams in this league. I think you saw that on Friday night.

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Showed their character. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“We have had to shuffle the pack far too often and it hasn’t been ideal. But hopefully that is our run of bad luck behind us.”

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