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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. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon says:

     

    21 January, 2012 at 16:28

     

     

    Must be protecting him from injury, a multi billion pound offer must be incoming from some of the worlds biggest clubs…

  2. Eyes Wide Open on

    oh dear – is the goal the sheep scored going to be the worst thing that could have happened!?

  3. 2.30 in the morning in Brisbane, I’m waiting for the final whistle, then I’m going to bed. How many Tims around the world are doing likewise, that isn’t a question, it is a thought. No matter where you are… YNWA.

  4. Snake Plissken on

    Asonof Dan

     

     

    Not a chance. He slimed his way out because he knew there was no more money coming.

     

     

    Never won anything without outspending the opposition – FACT

  5. The Good Ship Celtica. on

    Greensideup is also Neil Lennon,

     

     

    Ye wur warned. :-)

     

     

    TGSC,

     

    Sailing on….

  6. just refreshed the page having been away for half an hour or so. Saw it was 1-0 and then 1-1. High to low!

     

     

    We can’t rely on the also rans!

     

     

    Anyway – Aberdeen Rolling Stones Tribute Band blasting out of my iPod just now. Great tune playing:

     

     

    Hey McLeod, get affa ma Ewe

  7. kitalba says:

     

    21 January, 2012 at 16:34

     

    2.30 in the morning in Brisbane, I’m waiting for the final whistle, then I’m going to bed. How many Tims around the world are doing likewise, that isn’t a question, it is a thought. No matter where you are… YNWA.

     

     

    Take a look at the standings and get to yer kip with a five point cushion and a smile on your face :)

     

     

    gsu

  8. Right, wee cuppa tea (green of course) for me. Will forget about Orcs and look later tonight. Always eases the pain of them getting a late winner.

     

     

    Aberdonian chat up line:

     

     

    ‘Where Ewe been aw ma life?’

  9. BBC hun Begg….“ Aberdeen undone” …….

     

    It’s like the last pleadings a close relative the

     

    State Govenor, his SFA leanings Any resultant

     

    life/death scenario a hun club

     

    Sally can’t dance.

     

    HHi

  10. DUSHANBE BHILLY BHOY on

    kitalba says:

     

    21 January, 2012 at 16:34

     

    2.30 in the morning in Brisbane, I’m waiting for the final whistle, then I’m going to bed. How many Tims around the world are doing likewise, that isn’t a question, it is a thought. No matter where you are… YNWA.

     

     

    =================================

     

     

    Your “pal” Kojo is also away to bed.

     

     

    Something you want to tell us? :-)

  11. Deflected goal from Edu. Jammy bassas

     

    1630: Aberdeen are almost immediately undone. Persistent pressure from the hosts eventually pays off as Maurice Edu’s shot deflects past Jason Brown and into the net.