Manager understands league decision

Saints boss Tommy Wright admits that although disappointed by the Joint Response Group's decision to postpone tomorrow's match with Hibernian and suspend domestic football until further notice, it's the correct decision in the current circumstances.

The Manager was busy preparing his players on the training pitch this morning ahead of the big clash with Hibs on Saturday when he heard the news.

And with the world of sport beginning to shutdown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, he believes that there was no other option for the Scottish Football authorities.

"It's extremely disappointing but there are more important things than football," the Manager said.

"I fully understand the decision and I think when the English Premier League and the EFL had made the decision to cut all football until April the SFA and SPFL would always follow suit.

"It's probably the wisest decision in the circumstances and now we just have to wait and see how long the suspension of the league is going to last for.

"We'll have to work out a programme for the players to make sure they keep their fitness levels up and hopefully this will just be a short-term measure and we can get back up and running again as soon as possible."

Saints would have been heading into the match full of confidence and in good form following the 1-0 victory over Livingston last weekend.

It's yet another stoppage to what has been a stop-start-season for Tommy Wright's side and it comes at a time when his players were getting into their stride ahead of the final push to make the top six.

"It's not ideal but the only thing I can say is that it's the same for all the clubs," said Tommy.

"Nobody could have foreseen this and the important thing is that a decision has been made as it gets rid of all the uncertainty. We've got to accept that decision and make sure that as a football club we continue to do everything to protect the safety of our players and the staff.

"I genuinely thought we would have played the games this weekend but I think the decision from other leagues and with Rangers' Europa League match being postponed it became difficult to continue.

"It's not just football. Other sports and events around the world have been affected to.

"Formula One, golf, the cricket. They're pulling the England cricketers off the pitch in Sri Lanka because of this. I think once those decisions start there's really no option but to follow suit.

"We just have to deal with it and I'm sure the Scottish Football authorities will find ways to get the campaign finished. Hopefully we can get back playing again in the near future."