Captain Sam Foley couldn’t resist a pop at Celtic man Boli Bolingoli ahead of his St Mirren’s side rearranged meeting with the Hoops.

The Saints head into this match off the back of an extremely unfortunate week. Their goalkeeper department was wiped out with positive COVID-19 tests, leading to an emergency signing of Hearts’ Zdenek Zlamal just hours before kick off against Hibs on Saturday.

Disrupted preparation for Foley and the Saints. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

They were beaten 3-0, Hibees goals coming from Kevin Nisbet, Joe Newell and Martin Boyle. It’ll be a hard ask to bounce back from that against Celtic, but the Buddies will hope for a shock on Wednesday.

It’s finally getting played, Jim Goodwin’s men originally due to face Celtic last month. But defender Bolingoli, now out on loan in Turkey, blatantly disregarded COVID-19 protocols with a trip to Spain and got the game postponed. It’s something Foley hasn’t forgotten about.


“It will be a tough test, Celtic always is as they’re a good side,” said Foley. “We were in for testing on Sunday, so that was my day trip to Spain out the window! But we’re back in training today and will try to figure out a game plan for playing Celtic.

“I don’t think we deserved to win the game. In fact, we didn’t deserve to get anything out of it. Hibs were the better team. We can’t blame anyone else.

“The game was in our hands and if we were going to win it we had to do a lot more. In spells we played some good football but going 2-0 down I don’t think it was easy to get on the ball then and try to make things happen.

Difficult game for Foley and co. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

“We pushed, tried and huffed and puffed but just couldn’t break them down. It was a spanner in the works not being able to train on Friday. It hampers your preparations. But you still have to play to the best of your ability.

“It was always going to be difficult but these are the obstacles you have to try to overcome. You need to put them to the back of your mind and get on with your job.”

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