St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin is crossing his fingers for Jamie McGrath and Eamonn Brophy after more injury problems emerged during the Buddies defeat to Celtic.

The influential Irish midfielder has dislocated his shoulder in the 4-0 loss to Celtic. He was the first of two serious knocks on Wednesday, Hoops defender Stephen Welsh leaving Paisley in a protective boot after a challenge with Jon Obika had him substituted on a stretcher.

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Celtic swept past St Mirren 4-0. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Prior to the match between the pair, Saints striker Kristian Dennis was confirmed as unlikely to return before the end of the season. Brophy also didn’t feature against Celtic with a problematic foot injury while January signing Collin Quaner is also out.

Goodwin admits it’s not pretty reading for either Brophy or McGrath as he provided a fitness update after the 4-0 loss: “It’s not looking good for Jamie. He’s dislocated his shoulder, sometimes they can be a couple of weeks depending on how serious it is.

“If he needs surgery then his season’s probably over, so we’re going through a bit of a difficult patch in terms of that. We’re missing Kristian Dennis for a number of weeks with a serious achilles problem, and Eamonn Brophy looks as if he’s got a problem with his foot which could be a lengthy one as well.

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Brophy could be out a while. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Unfortunately things are going against us in that respect at the moment, but that’s why we have a good squad and it gives an opportunity to someone else. We won’t get too disappointed about this. There’s lessons to be learned for sure.

“We’re not going to be judged on games like this. Hopefully we’ll give a better reflection of ourselves at Pittodrie on Saturday.”

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