A SCOTTISH Premiership game has been cancelled just hours from kick off due to a Covid-19 outbreak. 

St Mirren have confirmed their game this afternoon against Motherwell will no longer go ahead. 

The Paisley club have been hit by a number of Covid cases this week and earlier today revealed a further first-team player has returned a positive test. 

In line with Public Health guidelines, several additional squad members have been placed into quarantine. 

St Mirren Chief Executive, Tony Fitzpatrick, said : "It is very disappointing that we are faced with this situation despite the numerous precautions and safeguards that are in place within the Club.

"As a result we regret this has caused our game against Motherwell to be postponed.

"This is hugely frustrating for our fans, the players and staff, and for everyone connected with the club. We will be working with the SPFL and relevant health authorities on this matter and will provide an appropriate update when more information is available.

"This once again underlines the absolute necessity of maintaining vigilance to ensure that players, officials and their families minimise the risk of infection to keep everyone safe.” 

In a statement, Motherwell added: "St Mirren have told the league that, due to a number of positive tests for Covid-19 amongst their playing squad and coaching staff, they have only 12 registered fit players, including four goalkeepers, available the match.

"We will await further guidance from the league."

It remains unclear at this time whether or not the points will be awarded to the visitors. 

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