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
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.”
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).
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Match ends, Celtic 1, St. Mirren 2.
Second Half ends, Celtic 1, St. Mirren 2.
Try missed. Jonathan Obika (St. Mirren) proper footed shot from the best aspect of the field is excessive and broad to the best. Assisted by Eamonn Brophy with a headed go.
Try missed. Shane Duffy (Celtic) proper footed shot from the best aspect of the six yard field is shut, however misses to the best.
Try saved. Shane Duffy (Celtic) header from the centre of the field is saved within the backside proper nook. Assisted by Greg Taylor with a cross.
Foul by Odsonne Edouard (Celtic).
Jak Alnwick (St. Mirren) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Michael Johnston (Celtic) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Jake Doyle-Hayes (St. Mirren).
Try saved. Michael Johnston (Celtic) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the aim.
Try blocked. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked.
Tomas Rogic (Celtic) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Ethan Erhahon (St. Mirren).
Try blocked. Michael Johnston (Celtic) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Albian Ajeti.
Substitution, St. Mirren. Richard Tait replaces Dylan Connolly.
Foul by Ryan Christie (Celtic).
Dylan Connolly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Jonathan Obika (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the field is shut, however misses to the left following a nook.
Nook, St. Mirren. Conceded by Greg Taylor.
Try blocked. Dylan Connolly (St. Mirren) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Ethan Erhahon.