Football - Fixture change frustrates Goodwin

St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin claims Scotland is the only nation in the world that would allow clubs to postpone league games so they can cash in on money-spinning friendlies.

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Jim Goodwin is not pleased that St Mirren's match against Celtic has been postponed

Fixtures for the Scottish Premier League released on Wednesday show that the Buddies were due to face Celtic at Parkhead in their second game of the new campaign on August 10.

But Neil Lennon's Scottish champions have been given permission to cancel the fixture so they can instead face Liverpool in a Dublin friendly - a move branded as "ridiculous" by Paisley captain Goodwin.

The Saints defender told Press Association Sport: "I'm very frustrated. I don't agree with it. I understand from a financial view what it does for Celtic. But for the game up here it is ridiculous. We have been unfortunate to be the club who drew this fixture. We are looking to get off to a good start and gain a bit of momentum.

"But we'll come back from our holidays, play one game and then have another two-week break. I haven't agreed with this from the start. It doesn't happen anywhere else in the world. I can't see why it happens here.

"It's obviously worth a lot of money to Celtic. Going to play Liverpool in Dublin in the Aviva Stadium will no doubt draw a full house.

"There is massive revenue at stake for Celtic but I don't see why it can't be organised during pre-season. Why the SPL allow this to happen doesn't make sense."

Celtic will kick-off next season at home to Ross County on August 3, while Dundee United will travel to Firhill for Partick Thistle's first top-flight match in nine years.

Hearts, meanwhile, are scheduled to visit St Johnstone on the opening day, with Inverness hosting St Mirren.

Aberdeen will welcome Kilmarnock to Pittodrie and Motherwell, who finished as runners-up last season, visit Hibernian the following day.

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