CELTIC have the opportunity to go NINE points clear at the top of the Premiership if they beat Ross County at Parkhead this afternoon.

Not even a VAR-assisted penalty-kick could prevent Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s struggling Ibrox side from dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with St Mirren in the early kick-off in Paisley.

The visitors were trailing to a Jonah Uyunga 47th-minute goal after the striker had followed up a Curtis Main knock-on to see his first effort frantically pushed away by Allan McGregor. The frontman followed up to blast in the rebound.

Van Bronckhorst’s side, who lost to St Johnstone last weekend, were toiling in their quest for an equaliser – until new technology stepped in to overthrow an original decision by referee Kevin Clancy.

PICK IT OUT…Allan McGregor and Leon King are grounded as St Mirren striker Jonah Ayunga celebrates putting his side ahead. 

In the 80th minute, Ryan Kent went down theatrically when challenged by Marcus Fraser. The whistler booked the winger for simulation, but was then instructed to review the incident on the touchline monitor.

Clancy came back, wiped out the yellow card, pointed to the spot and James Tavernier walloped the gift beyond Trevor Carson.

Ten minutes of stoppage-time were added on after a lengthey delay after an injury to the Govan club’s reenage centre-back Leon King.

It ended all-square to open the door for the Hoops to go nine ahead later today.

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