St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has revealed his side suffered a Covid-related blow ahead of last night’s trip to Ibrox to take on Rangers with Chris Kane forced to isolate after a family member tested positive for Covid.

The Saints star will be out of action for ten days as a result of the positive test in his household and Davidson admits it was a “bitter blow” to lose Kane ahead of the 2-0 defeat by Rangers – but insists the priority was the health of Kane’s family member.

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Davidson will be without Kane until his St Johnstone side face Celtic on Boxing Day. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, with Kane now missing and likely out of the games against Motherwell and Ross County, Davidson will be without an integral player for two massive games for his side.

“We lost Chris Kane with the new Covid household rule,” Davidson said.

“We won’t have him for ten days. That was hard for us to take.

“These new rules just came in on Friday. First and foremost I hope the family member is safe and well but it’s a bitter blow.

“I’m going to lose Chris for important games. It’s a bonus that I’ve got Stevie May back.

“I thought it was a hard game for us. One team held the ball up well and linked play.

“For me that was the most disappointing thing. In the 42nd minute we were trying to flick balls around corners when it was important we stayed in the game.

“This is a tough place to come.

“We could have seen the game through to half-time and that basically cost us the game because we were trying to chase it after that.

“We lost our shape a bit at the start of the second half and it was game over.”

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