St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin says he expects plenty of Covid-19 disruption throughout the 2021/22 season after the club’s Premier Sports Cup opener was called off.
The cinch Premiership side were handed three points and a 3-0 win over Dumbarton in their opening Group H match ahead of tonight’s meeting with Dunfermline. With players now able to go to places like coffee shops as the country eases it’s Covid-19 restrictions, Goodwin says the postponement hindered his fitness plans.
He said: “Obviously we were all disappointed the game was off. I did say it was going to be a difficult season, it won’t be the first time and it probably won’t be the last time either. We hope the Dumbarton players are OK and I understand they are.
“I spoke to Stevie Farrell (Dumbarton manager) and I don’t think anyone has any serious symptoms. It is not ideal for both teams. But we have to deal with it. That’s the way it is. You work hard during pre-season and you look forward to competitive games and unfortunately to have that first game postponed was a bit of a nightmare.
“You need those competitive games to get the lads up to speed. It was my intention to start with a team against Dumbarton and then make a lot of changes for Tuesday’s game to give other players minutes and unfortunately that plan has been put in the bin.
“But we got good minutes into the legs on Saturday, we had an 11 v 11 amongst ourselves and we are fresh and ready to go tomorrow night against Dunfermline, who had a brilliant result themselves at the weekend.
“They are all tough games, there are no easy games in the League Cup and you have to plan and prepare properly and don’t underestimate the opposition. Last year we could handle it better because they couldn’t go to place like bars and restaurants.
“We can’t tell the boys not to go out from time to time but we ask them not put themselves in difficult situations. We just have to hope we avoid it.”
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