St Johnstone have confirmed the signing of Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal on an emergency seven-day loan.

Two players at the Perthshire club have received positive Covid-19 tests ahead of this weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final with St Mirren. Those two, alongside another two players who are self-isolating, will miss the match and Zlamal arrives from Hearts as cover.

St Johnstone have signed the Hearts goalkeeper.  (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The Czech keeper provided cover on a similar basis for St Mirren earlier this season when they suffered Covid-19 problems. A Hearts statement reads: “Bobby Zlamal has joined St Johnstone on an emergency loan deal.

“The Czech keeper makes the move to McDiarmid Park for a period of seven days. 35-year-old Bobby previously spent a week on loan at St Mirren back in September 2020. St Johnstone face St Mirren at Hampden on Saturday in the final four of the Scottish Cup before rounding off their Premiership campaign next week.”

St Johnstone added: We are extremely grateful to Hearts for turning this around on such short notice.”

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