31 October 2019 00:31

St Mirren F.C. Celtic F.C. Oran Kearney

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 17: Ryan Christie of Celtic celebrates scoring in he first half during the UEFA Champions League First Qualifying Round 2nd Leg match between Celtic and FC Sarajevo at Celtic Park Stadium on July 17, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. Greg Taylor finally gets his moment with Celtic by Kade Kistner 78′: After a couple of quick goals to start the half, not much has gone on for either team since. James Forrest with the goal! Mohamed Elyounoussi finds the back of the net off of a rebound! HT: Celtic 0-0 St. Mirren Celtic has been having difficulty with the tenth in the table St. Mirren tonight.

30′: Over half an hour through and St. Mirren is not laying down. 24′: Close call for Celtic, as St. Mirren has a good shot on goal. Ryan Christie takes a beautiful shot that is JUST a tad high. 13′: Fantastic defensive play from Scott Brown. Completely stopped the St. Mirren attack before it even started.

The Hoops are having a hard time settling in. 5′: Despite a hot start for St. Mirren, the Hoops have had complete domination early on. 1′: St. Mirren starts aggressive. Greg Taylor finally gets his first time on the pitch while with Celtic. Also, let us all welcome back Ryan Christie.

Celtic FC Lineup: Greg Taylor Ryan Christie James Forrest Subs: Craig Gordon, Nir Bitton, Johnny Hayes, Hatem Abd Elhamed, Lewis Morgan, Olivier Ntcham, Tom Rogic St. Mirren Lineup: Celtic host St. Mirren in a middle of the week matchup for the Scottish Premiership League. The Hoops are coming off of a two win streak in which Celtic beat out Italian-side Lazio 2-1 in a Europa League Group Stage match. Just last Sunday, the Bhoys dominated Aberdeen as the Dons fell out of the match early. Celtic will continue to push out the gate early against a St. Mirren squad that is tenth in the table and has not been able to create very many goals to start the season. With Vakoun Issouf Bayo likely out with an injury, and the return of Ryan Christie, it will be interesting to see how Hoops boss Neil Lennon constructs the starting lineup. In other news, before the start of the match, James Forrest inked a four-year extension which will see him stay with the Hoops. Fixture: Celtic vs St Mirren Celtic have confirmed their starting line-up and substitutes to welcome St Mirren to Celtic Park for a Scottish Premiership fixture this evening. The Scottish champions are level on points with rivals Rangers at the top of the table after ten games and Neil Lennon will want to make sure they avoid no slip ups tonight. St Mirren arrive in Glasgow with poor away form, having lost their last five games in a row on the road; they sit third bottom of the league standings. Bhoys boss Lennon selects Fraser Forster between the sticks, while at the back he puts his trust in the full-back duo of Moritz Bauer and Greg Taylor. In central defence, the Celtic manager slots in Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer, while Scott Brown and Ryan Christie play. Callum McGregor, James Forrest and Mohamed Elyounoussi are also picked, while Odsonne Edouard is up top. If Lennon wants to shake things up he can look to his bench, where options available to him include Tom Rogic and Jonny Hayes. Celtic Team vs St Mirren Forster, Bauer, Jullien, Ajer, Taylor, Brown, McGregor, Christie, Forrest, Elyounoussi, Edouard Substitutes: Gordon, Bitton, Hayes, Elhamed, Morgan, Ntcham, Rogic A new level of love from the Celtic fans to a long-serving player was revealed in the revival of an out-of-favour song at Parkhead last night. And there was no mistaking the moment that really got the crowd going on a night when – by their recent standards – the Scottish champions produced a tame win over an impressively obdurate St Mirren to retain pole position in the Scottish Premiership. It came when James Forrest scored eight minutes into the second period to double his team's post-interval lead. The goal, the winger's 10th of the season, came only hours after a deal to keep him at Celtic until 2023 was signed by a one-club man whose modest demeanour never disguises his affection for the team he has respresented with distinction for nearly a decade. That was recognised in the reaction to the goal, netted when the ball was shifted from Odsonne Edouard to Ryan Christie and then to Forrest, who set himself and beat Vaclav Hladky with a powerful raking drive. Celtic looked well short of the side that had seemed energised by this quest in demolishing Aberdeen and Ross County in their past two league games – and overcoming Lazio in bteween. For long spells in the first period, left back Greg Taylor must have feared he had put a hex on the home side. At long last handed a debut in Celtic colours, having previously failed to earn any minutes since his £2 million signing from Kilmarnock, it was the Paisley club who appeared at one with themselves as Celtic displayed a raggedness. As a collective, the Paisley side, who have now dropped to the bottom of the Premiership, succeeded in keeping Celtic on a leash in a manner beyond many other sides in Scotland – at least in the early stages. Their shape and system resulted in Odsonne Edouard being largely smothered, but it did not preclude the league's lowest scorers (an unfortunate statistic slightly offset by only Celtic and Rangers having conceded fewer goals) from breaking upfield. Jon Obika drew a save from Celtic keeper Fraser Forster after he penetrated the home backline thanks to a smart Sean McLoughlin through ball, and the visitors fashioned a couple of other half chances. Celtic had their own opportunities, of course, and Christopher Jullien headed over from a Christie corner before Ryan Flynn cleared on the line when the central defender hit the target in an identical situation. Just before the interval, Forrest cracked the post with an effort with the outside of his right foot – an indication that the night would ultimately belong to him. Before he was granted the honour of the Rodgers song, though, Celtic had broken St Mirren's resistance when Edouard found the goal frame with a curling effort, Christie cannoned the rebound off Calum Waters and the ball diverted into the path of Mohamed Elyounoussi, who drilled in from eight yards. It was a wonder that Forrest wasn't involved in a week when it was revealed he has had more Celtic assists than any other player in the 21st century. Even with a testimonial surely in the offing, the 81-goal winger will be assisting the club's cause for many more years of this century.