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St Mirren plan minute's applause for the Queen ahead of Celtic match

Manager Stephen Robinson hopes everyone shows respect for the monarch on Sunday.

St Mirren plan minute’s applause to mark Queen’s death ahead of Celtic match

St Mirren have finalised their plans to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of their Premiership match against Celtic.

The Paisley club will ask supporters to join a minute’s applause at the SMiSA Stadium before kick-off at noon on Sunday. Players will wear black armbands for the match.

This weekend marks a return to domestic football after all league games were postponed last week. The Scottish FA confirmed the return to action with a message that clubs could return as long as no games take place on the Monday, September 19, when the state funeral takes place.

The governing body said that “as a mark of respect and in keeping with the period of national mourning, home clubs may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the national anthem just ahead of kick-off, and players may wish to wear black armbands.”

St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson said that he hopes that everyone in attendance for the game will be respectful.

“I can only speak for us as a football club and myself,” he said.

“We’ll be showing our utmost respects. We just hope everybody is respectful”.

The decision comes a day after UEFA revealed that it is to begin disciplinary proceedings against Celtic over the conduct of some fans during the Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk in Poland on Wednesday.

Supporters unveiled two banners that leave the club facing punishment, with one reading  “F*** the Crown” and a second “Sorry for your loss Michael Fagan”. Fagan 74, broke into Buckingham Palace twice in 1982, managing to enter the Queen’s bedroom.

A UEFA spokesperson told STV: “Proceedings have been opened against Celtic FC regarding a banner displayed during their UEFA Champions League match against FC Shakhtar Donetsk played on September 14 in Warsaw”.

No date has yet been set for a disciplinary hearing.