They met at Celtic many years ago- and Ross Wallace says it’s a delight to be linking up with Jim Goodwin at St Mirren.

The former Celtic and Burnley utility man has signed a short-term deal in Paisley. He’ll add experience to Goodwin’s ranks as the Buddies look to survive in the Premiership once more.

Ross Wallace has signed for St Mirren.

Ross Wallace has signed for St Mirren. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Wallace first met Goodwin at Celtic. Whilst he was breaking through, Goodwin had his place in the Reserve squad. The 34-year-old has recalled the bruising encounters he had with his new boss.

“I know the gaffer from years ago, I played with him at Celtic,” said Wallace. “I was coming through and the gaffer used to kick lumps out me. He was a really good player himself.

“He was managerial material then, he was always organising, talking to people and driving people on. You could tell he was going to be a manager.

Goodwin has a fan in former Celtic teammate Wallace. (Photo by Ben Banks)

“I’ve had to wait until the January window because of the two-club rule, but I was waiting for the right opportunity. I had an eye on getting back to Scotland. I love football.

“It’s a brilliant job, I’m fit, I’m fortunate to have not picked up any bad injuries. I was training at Tranmere for a little while to keep fit as well. Retirement crosses you’re mind when nothing is really coming up.

“You contemplate calling it a day, but when I spoke to the manager here, it was perfect for me and good for the gaffer. I hope this is good for both parties. I know the manager is ambitious, he wants to achieve success.”

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