St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin thinks in-demand Buddies star Jamie McGrath is being “badly advised” as speculation over his future rumbles on.

The midfielder sat out the midweek win over Dundee United after telling Goodwin his head wasn’t in the right place and Goodwin admits he was “glad” McGrath was upfront with him.

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However, the Buddies boss thinks having advice coming in from a number of different people – including Goodwin himself – then McGrath is being “pulled in all directions.”

“I’m glad Jamie was honest with me, Goodwin said. “But at the same time, I think he is being badly advised.

“There is nothing to suggest he won’t be a St Mirren player when the window shuts and then he’s backed himself into a difficult position.

“Jamie will have been getting all kinds of advice from different areas.

“His agent will be telling him one thing, his father — who is influential in the decisions Jamie makes — will have been telling him something else as well.

“He also has me telling him something different.

“So he is being pulled in all directions and he just felt that he wouldn’t be in a good place to play the game.

“It’s disappointing, don’t get me wrong, because he is still contracted to play for St Mirren. But it was a decision I had to make.

“I could have demanded that he play — and he would have played if I’d put my foot down.

“But I thought the best thing to do was keep him away from it and thankfully it paid off.

“If we’d lost, I would’ve been there to be fired at. But I need players here who are 100-per-cent committed to St Mirren.

“That game was far too important to go into with a man down, almost, from the start.

“I’ve got to focus on the players who are willing to give their all for the team, and that was the squad at Tannadice.”

With his contract up in the summer, McGrath has turned down the chance to join Stephen Glass and Aberdeen, while Championship sides Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic have been credited with an interest.

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