Celtic 1-2 St Mirren: Guests safe well-known win

Celtic 1-2 St Mirren: Guests safe well-known win

Ilkay Durmus' strike proved to be the winner
Ilkay Durmus’ strike proved to be the winner

St Mirren tormented the floundering Scottish Premiership champions to deservedly declare a primary away win over Celtic in 31 years.

Kristian Dennis and Ilkay Durmus struck within the first half, both aspect of an Odsonne Edouard reply, as Jim Goodwin’s males surged into the highest six.

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

Celtic’s newest sobering setback leaves them 23 factors behind leaders Rangers.

Neil Lennon’s males have two video games in hand on their Previous Agency rivals, however their season continues to unravel at an alarming charge, with one win of their final six video games.

St Mirren have responded to final weekend’s League Cup semi-final heartbreak towards Livingston by securing successive victories.

The day after Celtic introduced chief government Peter Lawwell will go away on the finish of the season, the membership’s rudderless predicament was additional underlined by an insipid efficiency.

St Mirren’s beforehand league win on this fixture – a 4-0 trouncing in Paisley – spelled the tip for Celtic supervisor Tony Mowbray.

Present incumbent Lennon continues within the job, however he was tactically outmanoeuvred by Goodwin as St Mirren exploited the hosts’ vulnerabilities.

St Mirren’s final 11 journeys to Celtic Park had yielded a complete of two objectives. They reached that mark this time inside 37 minutes as Goodwin carried out his pre-match pledge to assault.

When Celtic’s high-intensity begin shortly fizzled out, St Mirren pounced. Dennis supplied the breakthrough when he performed the ball broad to Dylan Connolly then collected the return go 10 yards out and crashed a shot past Scott Bain.

The hosts had supplied nothing going ahead, however hauled themselves stage simply after the half hour. Callum McGregor burst into the field and provided Edouard to ship a scuffed end into the far nook of the web.

It was harsh on St Mirren, but they responded inside minutes. Not for the primary time this season, Shane Duffy was discovered wanting. The centre-back did not cope with a routine cross from Kyle McAllister as Durmus beautifully took the ball down and dispatched his first league aim of the season.

Celtic’s tried comeback was fruitless because the guests diligently protected their lead with out a lot stress. A succession of efforts – primarily from distance – flew off beam from Edouard, Duffy, Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic.

St Mirren goalkeeper Jak Alnwick didn’t have a severe save to make till harm time when he clawed away a Duffy header on the close to put up because the Paisley aspect had been in a position to have a good time 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 participant, however the Irish midfielder matched craft with graft in an excellent show

What did we be taught?

Celtic’s malfunctions are now not a shock.

The workforce are a shadow of the dominant drive of current years, and their confidence seems utterly shot.

In distinction, Goodwin’s inventory is on the rise, with St Mirren having accomplished an Previous Agency double by including Celtic’s scalp to that of Rangers this season.

Even with strikers Eamonn Brophy and Job Obika dropping to the bench from the workforce who hammered Dundee United in midweek, Goodwin’s aspect had been stuffed with attacking verve and excellently organised. This efficiency will stay lengthy in St Mirren historical past.

What did they are saying?

Celtic supervisor Neil Lennon: “It was a poor efficiency, a poor outcome. We count on to construct a crescendo of strain and break groups down however that is been lacking this season.

“The shortage of perception and lack of high quality – it isn’t simply people, it is a collective, and it is symptomatic of the season.

“It is a low level when it comes to the efficiency and the outcome – however I am going to maintain working away making an attempt my greatest.”

St Mirren supervisor Jim Goodwin: “It is an unimaginable afternoon for the gamers. We actually fancied ourselves coming right here at this time. The system we performed was attacking and the boys purchased into it brilliantly.

“We deserved the win, it wasn’t a case of Jak Alnwick making a variety of nice saves. We had been hanging on within the final 10 minutes however that was purely all the way down to fatigue.”

What’s subsequent?

St Mirren start a run of three successive house video games with the go to of Hibernian on Tuesday (18:00 GMT), whereas Celtic are additionally in Premiership motion the identical evening away to Kilmarnock (19:45).



Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 29Bain
  • 35Ajer
  • 6BittonSubstituted forWelshat 45′minutes
  • 4Duffy
  • 3Taylor
  • 12SoroSubstituted forChristieat 63′minutes
  • 14TurnbullSubstituted forJohnstonat 82′minutes
  • 27ElyounoussiSubstituted forAjetiat 62′minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forRogicat 45′minutes
  • 22Edouard


  • 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


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

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Participant of the match

McGrathJamie McGrath


  1. Squad quantity4Participant identifyDuffy

  2. Squad quantity14Participant identifyTurnbull

  3. Squad quantity22Participant identifyEdouard

  4. Squad quantity29Participant identifyBain

  5. Squad quantity42Participant identifyMcGregor

  6. Squad quantity57Participant identifyWelsh

  7. Squad quantity12Participant identifySoro

  8. Squad quantity9Participant identifyGriffiths

  9. Squad quantity35Participant identifyAjer

  10. Squad quantity27Participant identifyElyounoussi

  11. Squad quantity3Participant identifyTaylor

  12. Squad quantity19Participant identifyJohnston

  13. Squad quantity6Participant identifyBitton

  14. Squad quantity17Participant identifyChristie

  15. Squad quantity18Participant identifyRogic

  16. Squad quantity10Participant identifyAjeti

St Mirren

  1. Squad quantity17Participant identifyMcGrath

  2. Squad quantity20Participant identifyDennis

  3. Squad quantity14Participant identifyMacPherson

  4. Squad quantity11Participant identifyDurmus

  5. Squad quantity10Participant identifyMcAllister

  6. Squad quantity21Participant identifyConnolly

  7. Squad quantity22Participant identifyFraser

  8. Squad quantity5Participant identifyMcCarthy

  9. Squad quantity4Participant identifyShaughnessy

  10. Squad quantity25Participant identifyErhahon

  11. Squad quantity7Participant identifyDoyle-Hayes

  12. Squad quantity9Participant identifyObika

  13. Squad quantity2Participant identifyTait

  14. Squad quantity29Participant identifyBrophy

  15. Squad quantity1Participant identifyAlnwick

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