St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has played down rumours linking Kyle McAllister to St Johnstone after the former Derby County attacker was said to be a Perthshire target.

McAllister has been back with St Mirren since 2019 after a move to Derby County from Paisley. Still only 22, it was suggested he may link up with former Pride Park teammate Craig Bryson last week, St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson eyeing a move. McCallister had the most assists of any St Mirren player last season and played 43 times.

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The former Derby County winger was linked with St Johnstone. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Goodwin says McCallister is still a ‘big player’ for him, although he won’t stand in the way of any player if they want to leave: “I don’t know how that made its way out to the press last week. Kyle has got a year left on his contract here. We are playing a system now that, being honest, I didn’t bring Kyle in to play.

“We’re playing a back three with wing backs, but Kyle is still a big player for us. He had the most assists of any player for us last year. It was probably Kyle’s most successful season in terms of his fitness and availability. He’s always had little niggles and injuries.  He’s lost a lot of weight.

“He was available for 95 per cent of the games last season which he probably hasn’t done since he was a 16-year-old. There’s interest in our squad which shows we’re doing something right. If there are bids that come in that meet our valuation then we’re not in the habit of standing in young players’ way to progressing their own careers.”

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