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Jim Goodwin, Manager of St Mirren. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Jim Goodwin, Manager of St Mirren. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Jim Goodwin, Manager of St Mirren. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Jim Goodwin, the Irish-born manager of Scottish side St Mirren, says Hearts will have to accept their fate of relegation if that's how the season in Scotland is concluded.

St Mirren had been in a relegation battle for much of the season but pulled away from the bottom two with a good run of form before the season was shut down due to Covid-19, including a 1-0 win over bottom side Hearts in their last game.

If the Scottish authorities finally decide the season's outcome on current standings, Celtic would be awarded the title, St Mirren would be safe but Hearts would go down.

"If we do call it then of course Celtic become champions and Hearts are relegated," says Goodwin, the former Ireland international who has earned praise for the work he's done in his first season managing in the top flight.

"It is unfair and it is an unfortunate position that Hearts find themselves in, but what else can we do? I listen to all the talk about reconstruction and there are so many opinions on it, where do we go with it?

"Hearts are where they are for a reason. They have only won four games all season and that's why they find themselves bottom of the table.

"They had eight games to go, they could have gone and won all of those games, but it would have been highly unlikely with the form they were in.

"It's all hypothetical, nobody expected Hearts to be where they are. If we have to go and play and finish the season, we'll all go and do that, but for me that's not an option."