St Mirren plans one minute of applause in memory of the Queen before Celtic game

St Mirren will take a minute of applause to celebrate the Queen’s death ahead of their cinch premiership meeting with Celtic.

The Paisley club confirmed their plans for their home game on Sunday after their pre-match media conference.

The Scottish Football Association postponed all games last weekend following the news, giving clubs a chance to decide whether and how to show respect when games resume this weekend.

In a statement on Monday, the SFA said in a joint statement with the Scottish Professional Football League: “This week, as a mark of respect and in keeping with the time of national mourning, home clubs may wish to remain silent for a period of just before kick-off and/or play the national anthem and players may wish to wear black armbands.”

St Mirren have opted for a round of applause ahead of their meeting with Celtic, who face disciplinary action by Uefa after a banner among their supporters declared ‘F*** the Crown’ during their Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk Warsaw on Tuesday.

Another banner at the Celtic end read ‘Sorry for your loss Michael Fagan’, a reference to the intruder who broke into the Queen’s Buckingham Palace bedroom in 1982, while supporters also expressed their anti-monarchical views in song.

There was no minute’s silence before the game, but both teams wore black armbands.

St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson said on Friday morning: “We will show our utmost respect. We just hope everyone is respectful.”

Rangers play Dundee United at home on Saturday, days after defying Uefa by playing God Save the King ahead of their Champions League defeat by Napoli right after a minute’s silence. The Ibrox club will not face sanctions from Uefa if they violate their instructions.

Fans at the Broomloan Road stand created a Union Jack background behind the silhouette of the Queen’s head as a further tribute.

St. Johnstone announced Thursday they would hold a minute of applause before their home game against Ross County.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/st-mirren-celtic-scottish-football-association-premiership-warsaw-b2168708.html St Mirren plans one minute of applause in memory of the Queen before Celtic game

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