Four St Johnstone players to miss semi-final after two positive Covid-19 tests

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Scottish Cup: St Mirren v St Johnstone
Venue: Hampden Park Date: Sunday, 9 May Kick-off: 14:15 BST
Coverage: Watch on BBC One Scotland; listen on BBC Radio Scotland; live text coverage on the BBC Sport website & app

Four St Johnstone players will miss Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final with St Mirren after two members of the squad tested positive for Covid-19.

The club say the two players advised to isolate tested negative and the latest round of tests were all negative.

Callum Davidson's side are bidding for a cup double after winning the League Cup in February.

"It's very unfortunate for four of our players to miss out on the important game on Sunday," St Johnstone said.

"However, we wish all of them well and their health and wellbeing will always be our priority. We will keep our supporters updated if we need to share further information."

Sunday's match at Hampden, which kicks off at 14:15 BST, will be broadcast on BBC One Scotland with coverage also on BBC Radio Scotland and the BBC Sport website.

Defender Jamie McCart says the players are "gutted" to be without four of their team-mates this weekend.

"We've just come to a really pivotal moment in the season and unfortunately it has arisen," he said. "It gives us maybe a wee bit more motivation to hopefully go and win the game and then they will be back for the final.

"We all know the style we want to play. Any slight tweak in formation or of personnel doesn't really affect anyone. Whoever comes in fulfils the duties as well as anyone."

One of the four players is expected to be available for Wednesday's Premiership match away to Celtic and all four should be available for Saints' final league game at home to Livingston on 15 May.

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