SAINT JOHNSTONE have revealed that they remain in talks with the Scottish Government and the Scottish FA following an outbreak of Covid-19 at McDiarmid Park.

The Saints announced last week that four players had tested positive for the virus and entered self-isolation, with Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal being brought to Perth on a short-term emergency loan.

Callum Davidson's men managed to overcome that hurdle and defeat St Mirren in the Scottish Cup semi-final without the quartet, only to be thrashed 4-0 at Celtic Park on Wednesday night - a game where Saints only had five substitutes on the bench.

The Premiership club have confirmed that "a number" of first-team players will return to the matchday squad for the final league game of the season this weekend against Livingston.

And with St Johnstone's date with destiny at Hampden looming - the Scottish Cup final takes place in 12 days' time - the club remain in talks with senior officials about "the self-isolation process".

A statement from Scott Boyd, the club's head of football operations, released on Saints' website read: "The football club can today confirm that we face an ongoing situation with Covid-19 and the self-isolation process.

"We are in constant dialogue with the SFA and the Scottish Government about this current situation. 

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"As always, the health and wellbeing of everyone at the football club will be our priority. 

"On a positive note, we are delighted to welcome back a number of our senior players into the group and they will be available for selection against Livingston on Saturday.

"We will keep our supporters updated if we need to share further information.

"Callum and the players will now focus on Saturday's vital game and we also look forward to the Scottish Cup Final."