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Celtic 1-2 St Mirren: Visitors secure famous win

By Martin WattBBC Scotland

St Mirren tormented the foundering Scottish Premiership champions to deservedly claim a first away win over Celtic in 31 years.

Kristian Dennis and Ilkay Durmus struck in the first half, either side of an Odsonne Edouard reply, as Jim Goodwin's men surged into the top six.

It ended St Mirren's eight-year wait to beat Celtic, and is their first league win over the Glasgow club since 2010.

Celtic's latest sobering setback leaves them 23 points behind leaders Rangers.

Neil Lennon's men have two games in hand on their Old Firm rivals, but their season continues to unravel at an alarming rate, with one win in their last six games.

St Mirren have responded to last weekend's League Cup semi-final heartbreak against Livingston by securing successive victories.

The day after Celtic announced chief executive Peter Lawwell will leave at the end of the season, the club's rudderless predicament was further underlined by an insipid performance.

St Mirren's previous league win in this fixture - a 4-0 trouncing in Paisley - spelled the end for Celtic manager Tony Mowbray.

Current incumbent Lennon continues in the job, but he was tactically outmanoeuvred by Goodwin as St Mirren exploited the hosts' vulnerabilities.

St Mirren's last 11 trips to Celtic Park had yielded a total of two goals. They reached that mark this time inside 37 minutes as Goodwin carried out his pre-match pledge to attack.

When Celtic's high-intensity start quickly fizzled out, St Mirren pounced. Dennis provided the breakthrough when he played the ball wide to Dylan Connolly then collected the return pass 10 yards out and crashed a shot beyond Scott Bain.

The hosts had offered nothing going forward, but hauled themselves level just after the half hour. Callum McGregor burst into the box and supplied Edouard to send a scuffed finish into the far corner of the net.

It was harsh on St Mirren, yet they responded within minutes. Not for the first time this season, Shane Duffy was found wanting. The centre-back failed to deal with a routine cross from Kyle McAllister as Durmus superbly took the ball down and dispatched his first league goal of the season.

Celtic's attempted comeback was fruitless as the visitors diligently protected their lead without much stress. A succession of efforts - mainly from distance - flew off target from Edouard, Duffy, Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic.

St Mirren goalkeeper Jak Alnwick did not have a serious save to make until injury time when he clawed away a Duffy header at the near post as the Paisley side were able to celebrate a landmark victory - their first at Celtic Park since April 1990.

Man of the match - Jamie McGrath

It feels harsh to single out a St Mirren player, but the Irish midfielder matched craft with graft in a superb display
It feels harsh to single out a St Mirren player, but the Irish midfielder matched craft with graft in a superb display

What did we learn?

Celtic's malfunctions are no longer a surprise.

The team are a shadow of the dominant force of recent years, and their confidence looks completely shot.

In contrast, Goodwin's stock is on the rise, with St Mirren having completed an Old Firm double by adding Celtic's scalp to that of Rangers this season.

Even with strikers Eamonn Brophy and Job Obika dropping to the bench from the team who hammered Dundee United in midweek, Goodwin's side were full of attacking verve and excellently organised. This performance will live long in St Mirren history.

What did they say?

Celtic 'lacking belief and quality' - Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "It was a poor performance, a poor result. We expect to build a crescendo of pressure and break teams down but that's been missing this season.

"The lack of belief and lack of quality - it's not just individuals, it's a collective, and it's symptomatic of the season.

"It's a low point in terms of the performance and the result - but I'll keep working away trying my best."

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin: "It's an incredible afternoon for the players. We really fancied ourselves coming here today. The system we played was attacking and the boys bought into it brilliantly.

"We deserved the win, it wasn't a case of Jak Alnwick making a number of great saves. We were hanging on in the last 15 minutes but that was purely down to fatigue."

St Mirren 'really fancied ourselves' at Celtic - Goodwin

What's next?

St Mirren begin a run of three successive home games with the visit of Hibernian on Tuesday (18:00 GMT), while Celtic are also in Premiership action the same night away to Kilmarnock (19:45).

Line-ups

Celtic

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 29Bain
  • 35Ajer
  • 6BittonSubstituted forWelshat 45'minutes
  • 4Duffy
  • 3Taylor
  • 12SoroSubstituted forChristieat 63'minutes
  • 14TurnbullSubstituted forJohnstonat 81'minutes
  • 27ElyounoussiSubstituted forAjetiat 62'minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forRogicat 45'minutes
  • 22Edouard

Substitutes

  • 1Barkas
  • 10Ajeti
  • 11Klimala
  • 17Christie
  • 18Rogic
  • 19Johnston
  • 56Ralston
  • 57Welsh
  • 93Laxalt

St Mirren

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Alnwick
  • 22Fraser
  • 5McCarthy
  • 4Shaughnessy
  • 21ConnollySubstituted forTaitat 85'minutes
  • 14MacPhersonSubstituted forObikaat 74'minutes
  • 25Erhahon
  • 17McGrath
  • 11Durmus
  • 10McAllisterSubstituted forDoyle-Hayesat 62'minutes
  • 20DennisSubstituted forBrophyat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tait
  • 7Doyle-Hayes
  • 8Flynn
  • 9Obika
  • 15Finlayson
  • 26Lyness
  • 29Brophy
  • 30Henderson
  • 33Jamieson
Referee:
Bobby Madden

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 1, St. Mirren 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 1, St. Mirren 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonathan Obika (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Eamonn Brophy with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shane Duffy (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Greg Taylor with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Odsonne Edouard (Celtic).

  7. Post update

    Jak Alnwick (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Michael Johnston (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jake Doyle-Hayes (St. Mirren).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Johnston (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Tomas Rogic (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ethan Erhahon (St. Mirren).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Johnston (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Albian Ajeti.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Richard Tait replaces Dylan Connolly.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Christie (Celtic).

  17. Post update

    Dylan Connolly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonathan Obika (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie McGrath with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dylan Connolly (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ethan Erhahon.

Player of the match

McGrathJamie McGrath

with an average of 8.90

Celtic

  1. Squad number4Player nameDuffy
    Average rating

    3.75

  2. Squad number14Player nameTurnbull
    Average rating

    2.86

  3. Squad number22Player nameEdouard
    Average rating

    2.77

  4. Squad number29Player nameBain
    Average rating

    2.75

  5. Squad number42Player nameMcGregor
    Average rating

    2.72

  6. Squad number57Player nameWelsh
    Average rating

    2.71

  7. Squad number12Player nameSoro
    Average rating

    2.67

  8. Squad number9Player nameGriffiths
    Average rating

    2.59

  9. Squad number35Player nameAjer
    Average rating

    2.58

  10. Squad number27Player nameElyounoussi
    Average rating

    2.54

  11. Squad number3Player nameTaylor
    Average rating

    2.53

  12. Squad number19Player nameJohnston
    Average rating

    2.53

  13. Squad number6Player nameBitton
    Average rating

    2.52

  14. Squad number17Player nameChristie
    Average rating

    2.42

  15. Squad number18Player nameRogic
    Average rating

    2.41

  16. Squad number10Player nameAjeti
    Average rating

    2.39

St Mirren

  1. Squad number17Player nameMcGrath
    Average rating

    8.90

  2. Squad number20Player nameDennis
    Average rating

    8.89

  3. Squad number14Player nameMacPherson
    Average rating

    8.89

  4. Squad number11Player nameDurmus
    Average rating

    8.87

  5. Squad number10Player nameMcAllister
    Average rating

    8.86

  6. Squad number21Player nameConnolly
    Average rating

    8.85

  7. Squad number22Player nameFraser
    Average rating

    8.84

  8. Squad number5Player nameMcCarthy
    Average rating

    8.79

  9. Squad number4Player nameShaughnessy
    Average rating

    8.79

  10. Squad number25Player nameErhahon
    Average rating

    8.78

  11. Squad number7Player nameDoyle-Hayes
    Average rating

    8.75

  12. Squad number9Player nameObika
    Average rating

    8.69

  13. Squad number2Player nameTait
    Average rating

    8.68

  14. Squad number29Player nameBrophy
    Average rating

    8.67

  15. Squad number1Player nameAlnwick
    Average rating

    8.47

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers2623306675972
2Celtic24147351203149
3Aberdeen2512853124744
4Hibernian26127735251043
5Livingston2510693229336
6St Mirren2385102326-329
7Dundee Utd26610102036-1628
8St Johnstone2669112535-1027
9Kilmarnock2573152633-724
10Motherwell2457122136-1522
11Ross County2655161950-3120
12Hamilton2454152149-2819
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