St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin insisted the club has been good for Republic of Ireland midfielder Jamie McGrath amid speculation about the player's future.

McGrath asked to be left out of the midweek trip to Dundee United amid ongoing speculation about his future, with the likes of Wigan and Birmingham believed ot be interested.

The Meath man could also miss Saturday's Scottish Cup fourth-round tie at Ayr but Goodwin was delighted with the players who came in to help his side win at Tannadice.

When asked about McGrath, Goodwin said: "I will decide Friday afternoon whether Jamie will be involved.

"He certainly has been a key player and I think as a club, and personally, we have been good for Jamie.

"I brought him over from the League of Ireland and gave him a good platform to showcase his talents. He has lived up to the expectations that I knew he would and on the back of that he has got himself a few senior international caps.

"He's got great recognition playing for St Mirren and I'm sure Jamie appreciates that as well.

"The fact of the matter is, for the game on Tuesday night, I needed a group of players who were fully committed to what we are trying to do here. It was far too important a game to have people playing that you're not sure where their heads are at."

The 25-year-old McGrath signed from Dundalk at the beginning of 2020, and has since established himself as an important option for his country, earning six caps in 2021, most notably impressing in the 2-1 loss to Portugal in Faro.

It was widely speculated this week that he was on the brink of signing for Aberdeen but the deal fell through. When quizzed about McGrath, Dons manager Stephen Glass appeared to take a swipe at the player when he said: "There is a pressure to be an Aberdeen player that is not for everybody."

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