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St Mirren 0-2 Celtic

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Celtic collected all three points from St Mirren Park at lunchtime today but were under the cosh for most of the game.  James Forrest opened the scoring in the 71st minute before Scott Brown secured the points two minutes from time to secure Celtic’s 11th consecutive SPL win.

Marc McAusland forced an early save from Fraser Forster on the goal line as a notice of intent on how the first half traffic was going to flow before Gary Hooper made Celtic’s only attempt on goal in the first half, a hooked shot from 35 yards.  After 15 minutes a Mulgrew corner was headed towards his own goal by Steven Thompson, who was fortunate the ball struck his own player on the line.  Five minutes alter Thompson tested Forster with a header at the other end which was saved well.  Graham Carey had a good chance late in the first half but shot wide from a tight angle.

The second half started in much the same patter with St Mirren flowing forward at every opportunity and Celtic looking out of sorts.  Paul McGowan setup Dougie Imrie on his St Mirren debut but Forster saved well again.  The home team’s best chance of the game came when a Van Zanten shot from just outside the box was flicked towards the opposite post by McGowan but Forster somehow managed to twist his body and flick the ball safe.

Neil Lennon realised his formation wasn’t working and withdrew Samaras and Ki for Stokes and Commons, the addition of the latter proving crucial.  Commons set pieces, intelligent use of his body and possession troubled St Mirren.  On 59 minutes his corner was met by Rogne, whose goal-bound header struck McAusland on the raised arm, although the defender knew little about it.

On 71 minutes a Commons free kick was punched clear by Samson by Scott Brown met it at the edge of the area before rolling the ball in front of James Forrest.  The Celtic wide player shot first-time from 19 yards and found the inside of the post to open the scoring.

St Mirren continued to push forward and McAusland forced yet another save by Forster.  Hooper played a one-two with Stokes before shooting narrowly wide but a minute later Imrie came just as close to drawing St Mirren level.

An 88th minute short corner by Commons to Scott Brown caught St Mirren sleeping.  The Celtic captain slipped a left foot shot inside the far post, a carbon copy of his Scottish Cup goal against Rangers last season.

A minute from time a Commons free kick was headed in off the post by Thomas Rogne but the assistant referee incorrectly flagged for offside despite the Celtic defender being four yards onside.  The game poor advert for the SFA officials with a bizarre collection of mistakes made over which team knocked the ball out of play at corners and throw–ins.

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  1. SwanseaBhoy says:

     

    22 January, 2012 at 12:14

     

     

    Glad to seeing you post again. Get in touch let me know where you are staying

     

     

    Zbyszek says:

     

    22 January, 2012 at 12:34

     

     

    I hear that Pavlyuchenko being offered on loan with the condition Spurs get first refusal on Forrest. And that there is interest in Owen. However, as I posted earlier mate they have a list.

     

     

    I have heard nothing more on Salihi?. The information I got was prior to the media claiming we were interested and prior to Neil confirming our interest.

     

     

    I heard only this morning that we are interested in an experienced Italian striker playing in Italy but no further information my friend. Been told he wanted to check a few things before giving me a name.

     

     

    Vhman:

     

     

    Was sorry to hear about your Bhoy as per my message, I remembered him in my prayers this morning at Mass.

     

     

    Zbyszek:

     

     

    Got to go out for a couple of hours but will check back for response or information you may have on Salihi

     

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

     

    Hail Hail!

  2. nothing without fans – The TV deal! This is the wildcard, but I can only see it being a negative influence regarding re-entry.

     

     

    I’m sure none of us know the exact wording of the particular clause, so we can only speculate. Four “glasgow derbies”? So promote Partick Thistle. How exactly does the contract define Celtic and Rangers? Are company numbers mentioned? Or does it record the SPL registration of the two teams? Does it stipulate that the registration can’t pass to another company?

     

     

    Whichever way you cut it, chances are the fall of rangers will get all parties back round the negotiating table. Sky will decide to renogotiate on reduced terms, or activate a break clause and walk away. They can re-draft the derbies clause to include newco fairly easily, as long as all contracted parties agree.

     

     

    I can’t see this having an influence on HMRC position re oldco/newco, its greatest influence will be on newco re-entry. I’m not sure HMRC would have any rights to even look at that contract, as it’s between SPL and Sky.

  3. Good afternoon all

     

     

    can someone post a link to the article Phil has written about the striker?

     

     

    cheers

     

     

    HAIL HAIL

  4. And another thing.

     

     

    Historically, the orcs have been run at a loss, meaning they do not have to pay corporation tax, as they have an annual tax waiver (as do we) from running at an overall loss. A NewCo will not have such a waiver and, given that they will presumably have no credit lines, will need to run at a profit just to keep things ticking over ergo corporation tax on any profits.

     

     

    A NewCo will be hit from every conceivable angle to ensure no repeat of the fly by night operation by everyone’s favourite media whore in the 90s and 00s

  5. Tricoloured Ribbon says:

     

    22 January, 2012 at 12:31

     

    I have only been posting lads for the last few weeks and after midnight suspicions were raised by Gordon64 and maybe? hamiltontim that I might…….. Etc

     

    ………

     

    All I can say is he’s too good looking to be a hun, ergo he must be a Tim :>)

     

     

    Seriously, my amigo Tric coloured Ribbon is a good Derry Celt.

     

     

    Vinny

     

    HH

  6. SonsOfErin says:

     

    22 January, 2012 at 12:55

     

    nothing without fans – The TV deal! This is the wildcard, but I can only see it being a negative influence regarding re-entry.

     

     

    I’m sure none of us know the exact wording of the particular clause, so we can only speculate. Four “glasgow derbies”? So promote Partick Thistle. How exactly does the contract define Celtic and Rangers? Are company numbers mentioned? Or does it record the SPL registration of the two teams? Does it stipulate that the registration can’t pass to another company?

     

     

    Whichever way you cut it, chances are the fall of rangers will get all parties back round the negotiating table. Sky will decide to renogotiate on reduced terms, or activate a break clause and walk away. They can re-draft the derbies clause to include newco fairly easily, as long as all contracted parties agree.

     

     

    I can’t see this having an influence on HMRC position re oldco/newco, its greatest influence will be on newco re-entry. I’m not sure HMRC would have any rights to even look at that contract, as it’s between SPL and Sky.

     

     

     

    The contract will have a sliding scale of payments based on a number of certain games being played, i.e. it will not state that there must be four Celtic-thems games per season, just that for 0 (zero) games, the SPL get x amount, for 3 games, they get y amount and for 4 they get z amount. Any contract that stipulates there must be 4 Celtic-thems games per season would be open to any number of legal and sporting challenges (match-fixing etc).

  7. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    Vmhan,

     

     

    Clydebank,Vinny not Derry lol.

     

     

    On a far more serious note how’s your son?

  8. Lennybhoy

     

     

    I’m afraid you will not hear more about Salihi. I’m not talking about me.

     

    He and his agent were sending CV’s to many clubs and were talking about the interests from those to who the letters were sent.

     

    Stupid media who believe every gossip and don’t check the news.

  9. dirtymac – The current discussion aside, there’s no scenario in a contract whose financial return relies on the performance of just two teams where sporting integrity _isn’t_ open to question.

     

     

    rangers finish in the bottom 6 – lower income for all clubs. A club could perceive a scenario where their income is raised by losing to rangers. This is the crux of the reason why this contract first became a talking point on CQN.

  10. Ten Men Won The League on

    “I adored Henrik Larsson as a kid”

     

     

    Jordan Rhodes in an interview with the Sunday Times today

  11. glendalystonsils on

    Green Tide

     

     

    Oldco…….cheats

     

     

    Newco……..cheats with a false beard and moustache.

  12. SonsOfErin at 12:55

     

     

    If the TV contract, to which oldco is effectively a signatory, includes a form of wording which provides for a continuing relationship with oldco/newco, I would have thought that would impact on any judgement being made by HMRC. If it doesn’t, then the financial value to the other SPL clubs of allowing newco in is unknown.

  13. Forrest is a bit away from being the finished article. I really hope to see him i the hoops for a few years yet to come.

     

     

    Pavlychenko is someone who would score plenty in the SPL but I suspect he’d make his stay a short as possible.

     

     

    If we are even thinking about Owen what about for next season? We got Bellamy and Keane after we’d been knocked out of Europe.

     

     

    Keep Forrest, even if funny money is offered, as i think he’s only going to get better… Plus, if ‘arry leaves the spurs will they maintain their current level…?

  14. brucecassavetes on

    Evening all,

     

     

    Any thoughts on SPL using Parma as a test case?

     

     

    Danny Stewart (in Sunday Post): – The SPL have noted how the Italian FA handled Parma’s problems nearly eight years ago and may be ready to give Rangers a similarly soft landing.

  15. Morning all, long time lurker and first time poster.

     

     

    Heard from a follower of the dark side this morning that he was told that they have definitely lost the tax case and HMRC are wanting their full £49m. Family friend is a high up in HMRC and worked on the case and told him they have definitely lost and official announcement will be in next 4-6 weeks.

     

     

    How true this is I don’t know but he is pretty devastated this morning :)