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Aberdeen to face St Johnstone despite lockdown restrictions

Scottish football's Joint Response Group will allow Dons to travel to Perth on Saturday for Premiership clash.

Aberdeen to face St Johnstone despite lockdown restrictions

Aberdeen’s clash at St Johnstone on Saturday is set to go ahead as planned despite the Granite City being thrust back into lockdown, the PA news agency understands.

A fresh cluster of 54 coronavirus cases has forced First Minister Nicola Sturgeon into ordering a fresh round of restrictions on Aberdeen.

That sparked fears that the new Scottish Premiership season could be thrown into chaos just two weeks in.

But PA has been told Scottish football’s Joint Response Group has no immediate concerns over the situation, with Hampden bosses currently happy for the Dons’ trip to Perth to go ahead.

Premiership clubs have been given an exemption that has allowed them to resume training and playing matches.

The new measures introduced by the First Minister saw pubs and clubs in Aberdeen ordered to to shut as of 5pm on Wednesday, while residents also been warned against travelling more than five miles.

But Derek McInnes’ team will be given the green light to make the 148-mile round trip between Pittodrie and McDiarmid Park.

McInnes is hoping to see his team get back on track against Saints after kicking off the new campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Rangers at home on Saturday.