ST MIRREN chiefs will write to the SPFL to push for changes to Covid-19 rules after being forced to field a makeshift side against Celtic.

The Buddies were without 11 first-team stars, named three teenagers in their starting line-up and had a bench without any Scottish Premiership experience.

Despite requesting the match be postponed, they were forced to play with the club given special dispensation to recall six youngsters from the Lowland League to make up the numbers.

Jim Goodwin's side battled to a heroic point in the trying circumstances, but club chiefs are now taking a stand in a bid for rules to be changed.

Chairman John Needham issued a statement to supporters stating the club will contact the SPFL over the decision making process citing the "rigid application of rules" as not "appropriate or fair" in the current circumstances.

Needham also apologised to supporters over the uncertainty ahead of kick-off as he saluted the huge efforts of players and staff.

The message from chairman Needham read: "Now that the dust has settled on a difficult day for everyone at the club I wanted to write to all of our fans.

"Firstly, I wish to apologise for any uncertainty surrounding whether the Celtic fixture would proceed and any inconvenience caused.

"Everyone at the club was working flat out to try to work through the difficulties caused by COVID infections amongst our employees and I want to thank all of our staff for their unstinting efforts.

"Next I must thank Jim Goodwin and his staff for a heroic performance on the pitch and the professional way everyone handled last night in the face of such adversity.

"I was extremely proud of every single player and I’m sure everyone watching would have been impressed by their application and fitness.

"On behalf of the Board I also want to record our disappointment at the situation we found ourselves in throughout yesterday. We understand that rules exist and are essential for the fair conduct of sporting competitions.

"However in the current pandemic we also feel that there needs to be judicious application of the rules, in this case, to take account of the law and guidance issued by Government around testing and isolation. We do not believe the rigid application of rules, agreed in a different set of circumstances, is appropriate or fair.

"We had to take the field last night without 11 of our first team squad and a substitutes’ bench where none of the players had played first team football for the club. Indeed the situation would have been worse had we not received negative PCR Test results around 6pm allowing the players in question and their Close Contacts to play. If those tests had been positive we would have been forced to field all of the players listed as substitutes in the starting line-up.

"We plan to write to the SPFL to highlight the difficulties we faced and our view of the need for change."