St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has hailed Covid-19 protocols at clubs across the Premiership after claims from Aberdeen and Celtic.

Earlier this week, Celtic boss Neil Lennon called out Hamilton and St Johnstone for their changing facilities, saying his team were squashed like ‘sardines’ in the midst of strict social distancing measures. The Joint Response Group has now asked clubs to review their protocol guidelines.

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McInnes made claims over social distancing. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

These claims were disputed by St Johnstone, who said the Celtic manager’s comments were ‘unfounded.’ Despite this, Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes agreed, saying one or two clubs’ Covid protocols were giving him concern.

But while they are right to raise concerns, St Mirren’s boss believes airing them publicly doesn’t do anybody any favours: “I have no issues with any of the other clubs and I think we need to be careful.

“I hear other managers talking other clubs down in the media. I don’t think it’s healthy or positive. If they have concerns, speak to people high up in their club and get them to relay that message to the clubs involved or speak to the SFA.

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The St Mirren boss is not happy with comments made by other managers this week. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I don’t think we need to publicly shame anybody and I think clubs are doing what they can with the facilities available. From our point of view, we haven’t changed a lot on a matchday. We give teams the away dressing room and few extra rooms on top of that.

“The guidelines have been followed and experienced people within the game need to be careful how they put things out in public. I know every team is working hard to keep the game in alive and I can’t understand why manager’s want to shoot ourselves in the foot like that.

“I am not saying don’t raise the concerns but I am saying raise them differently.”

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