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  • Date:09 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Celtic Park
  • Attendance:50,318
  • Commons (77)
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90:04 +0.04

Effort on goal by John Potter from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

89:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Joe Ledley. Direct free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.

88:32

Unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes by Marc McAusland results in a free kick. Anthony Stokes produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

87:40

Gareth Wardlaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Beram Kayal. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.

85:28

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jure Travner, clearance by Glenn Loovens.

85:01

Foul by James Forrest on David Barron, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by John Potter.

84:33

Shot from just outside the box by James Forrest misses to the left of the goal.

83:58

Marc McAusland is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kris Commons.

82:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren McGregor on Glenn Loovens. Darren McGregor is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

80:34

Lee Mair goes off and David Barron comes on. Gareth Wardlaw on for Hugh Murray. Corner taken by Jure Travner from the right by-line.

79:57

Hugh Murray crosses the ball, clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.

77:46

Goal scored by Kris Commons from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 St Mirren.Assist by Shaun Maloney.

76:16

The ball is swung over by Shaun Maloney, save by Paul Gallacher.

71:37

Jure Travner on for Kenny McLean.

70:40

A cross is delivered by James Forrest, Paul Gallacher makes a save.

69:45

Kris Commons joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fredrik Ljungberg.

69:17

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Emilio Izaguirre, Close range header by Charlie Mulgrew goes wide of the left-hand post.

69:11

A cross is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, blocked by Hugh Murray.

68:21

Michael Higdon has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

65:11

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Fredrik Ljungberg.

65:06

The ball is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, Lee Mair gets a block in.

62:49

The ball is sent over by Fredrik Ljungberg, John Potter manages to make a clearance.

62:04

Corner taken by Fredrik Ljungberg, save by Paul Gallacher.

60:47

Sung-Yeung Ki leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Ledley.

59:39

A cross is delivered by Hugh Murray, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.

59:07

Du-Ri Cha takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

57:26

Emilio Izaguirre crosses the ball, clearance made by Darren McGregor.

56:54

Beram Kayal fouled by Steven Thomson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Fredrik Ljungberg.

55:50

Fredrik Ljungberg is caught offside. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.

54:51

A cross is delivered by Sung-Yeung Ki.

53:44

Michael Higdon fouled by Glenn Loovens, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Hugh Murray.

52:51

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki.

52:45

James Forrest delivers the ball, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.

52:00

Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Fredrik Ljungberg. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance made by Darren McGregor.

51:12

James Forrest sends in a cross, Shaun Maloney has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

49:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by Lee Mair. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

48:32

Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance made by Jim Goodwin.

48:27

James Forrest produces a cross, Jim Goodwin gets a block in.

46:44

A cross is delivered by Du-Ri Cha, clearance by John Potter.

46:12

The offside flag is raised against Michael Higdon. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.

45:01

Shaun Maloney is brought on as a substitute for Gary Hooper.

43:49

Corner taken right-footed by Patrick Cregg to the near post, Effort on goal by Michael Higdon from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

43:40

Steven Thomson crosses the ball, Emilio Izaguirre gets a block in.

40:23

The ball is swung over by James Forrest, clearance by Jim Goodwin.

37:34

Hugh Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fredrik Ljungberg. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the direct free kick.

36:28

James Forrest produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

35:00

Kenny McLean is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

34:03

Sung-Yeung Ki produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

32:10

Emilio Izaguirre delivers the ball.

29:35

Charlie Mulgrew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

29:03

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance by Darren McGregor.

28:56

The ball is swung over by Fredrik Ljungberg, clearance made by Darren McGregor.

28:09

The ball is delivered by Kenny McLean.

27:51

The ball is swung over by Kenny McLean, clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.

26:51

Du-Ri Cha delivers the ball, Anthony Stokes has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

25:14

The ball is crossed by Steven Thomson.

21:48

Charlie Mulgrew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hugh Murray. Direct free kick taken by Marc McAusland.

19:58

Foul by Darren McGregor on Gary Hooper, free kick awarded. Du-Ri Cha takes the free kick.

19:33

Unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Gary Hooper results in a free kick. Darren McGregor restarts play with the free kick.

17:41

Emilio Izaguirre takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.

17:19

Beram Kayal crosses the ball, Lee Mair makes a clearance.

16:44

James Forrest delivers the ball, Hugh Murray makes a clearance.

13:50

A cross is delivered by Hugh Murray, Header by Michael Higdon from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

11:57

Kenny McLean is ruled offside. Glenn Loovens takes the indirect free kick.

11:32

The referee blows for offside against Gary Hooper. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.

9:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny McLean on Beram Kayal. Du-Ri Cha takes the direct free kick.

3:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Du-Ri Cha. Strike comes in from Michael Higdon from the free kick.

2:06

A cross is delivered by Du-Ri Cha, Patrick Cregg gets a block in.

Match Preview

Commons: We must always be at our best Celtic winger Kris Commons has warned that having a strong squad and being title favourites will mean nothing if the players do not perform to their peak in every game. Shaun Maloney is set to return to a nearly-full squad following a four-month lay-off as Neil Lennon`s men look to extend their two-point lead over Rangers in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League when they host St Mirren on Saturday. Glenn Loovens is also fit despite coming off against Hibernian in midweek with a tight hamstring. The Hoops will still be without Daniel Majstorovic (toe) while Daryl Murphy (groin) is a doubt and Andreas Hinkel (knee) is not ready to return. Celtic are odds-on favourites to regain the SPL trophy with every leading bookmaker given the relative strengths of the Old Firm playing pools. Rangers did not have enough fit players to fill their bench for last weekend`s home defeat by Dundee United while the likes of Paddy McCourt and Niall McGinn could not find a place among the substitutes as Celtic beat Hibs 3-1 on Wednesday. Celtic`s first-half display was among their most impressive of the season as they bounced back from their 2-1 defeat by Rangers in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final. And that loss showed Commons they need to work hard to meet high expectations. The Scotland winger said: "I think on our day we`re a good outfit but there have certainly been performances this year that have warranted the gaffer giving us a roasting, the Motherwell game comes to mind. "It`s important we keep our levels high and keep ticking over, especially at this stage of the season. "Our main goal is the league and a lot of players didn`t turn up at the cup final, so that kind of kicks you up the backside to get your mind in gear. "That`s the type of motivation we perhaps needed to seal the deal in the championship, that it`s not all going to be rosy. "We went into the cup final as favourites and came out pretty much battered and bruised and beaten." Commons made way for James Forrest in the starting line-up against Hibs after failing to match his impressive displays since moving from Derby in January against Rangers at Hampden. And he knows there are other players waiting to come in for anyone who fails to perform. "I was a little disappointed not to be involved but we have got a big squad, a good squad, and players are coming back from injury," Commons said. "With a lot of games coming up hopefully it was more of a resting rather than a performance thing." Assistant manager Johan Mjallby is optimistic that the improving condition of their squad can help them reach their peak in the run-in. "That`s the dream scenario and I hope so," the Swede said. "It`s a luxury that way, even if it`s a big player for us, if we see someone is tired and not really, really performing, we have a good chance to change things and you know you have a good player knocking on the door. "This competition is going to be good for us in the run-in because if you don`t perform, someone else is going to be knocking on the door." When asked if plans were being made to add to that competition for next season, Mjallby said, half-jokingly, "I don`t know, I don`t know if we will be here. "Of course, it`s important we bring in the right people because we probably don`t have the same money as we had when I was a player, so you need to be a bit more clever when it comes to new signings. "I think this is a very good squad but when you are in this job working in management you always want to get even better players coming in and you need to strengthen the squad, especially if you look towards Europe. "This is a very good crop of players but you always want more." When pressed on his comment, Mjallby admitted he did not expect talks over the contracts of himself and Lennon before the end of the season. "We are in the same situation we were in at the start of the season," he said. "Nothing has really changed. We are trying to win the league and right now we are in pole position. "I think it`s more important to focus on the team, the players and the game itself." St Mirren defender Lee Mair is in contention for the contest at Celtic Park. Mair had to pull out of the midweek win over Aberdeen moments before kick-off with a minor strain but has recovered. Paul McGowan will miss the game under the terms of his loan agreement.

Formation:442Manager: Neil Lennon

Celtic

Formation: 451Manager: Danny Lennon

St Mirren

  • Fraser Forster
  • Du-Ri Cha
  • Glenn Loovens
  • Charlie Mulgrew
  • Emilio Izaguirre
  • Fredrik Ljungberg
  • Beram Kayal
  • Sung-Yeung Ki
  • James Forrest
  • Gary Hooper
  • Anthony Stokes
  • SUBS
  • Lukasz Zaluska
  • Georgios Samaras
  • Mark Wilson
  • Shaun Maloney
  • Kris Commons
  • Joe Ledley
  • Thomas Rogne

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Match Report

Super sub earns Hoops victory Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to five points thanks to a second-half strike from Kris Commons in a 1-0 win over St Mirren. Commons came off the bench to secure the victory against St Mirren after the Hoops had largely served up a drab affair at Parkhead. Title rivals Rangers will be seeking to reduce the deficit again when they travel to Hamilton on Sunday. Celtic made three changes from their midweek win over Hibernian as Cha Du-ri, Freddie Ljungberg and Ki Sung-yueng all started at Parkhead, with Mark Wilson and Joe Ledley named on the bench and skipper Scott Brown absent from the squad. Brown, Wilson and Georgios Samaras were all one booking away from suspensions which would rule them out of the final Old Firm game of the season, perhaps explaining their omission against Saints. Despite an impressive midweek win over Aberdeen, Buddies boss Danny Lennon rang the changes by adding Kenny McLean, Lee Mair, Jim Goodwin, Marc McAusland and Paddy Cregg to the side. Paul McGowan was ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement and Craig Dargo was injured, while David van Zanten, Aaron Mooy and Jure Travner were named among the substitutes. St Mirren had the chance to apply some early pressure when they won a free-kick just outside the box but Michael Higdon's effort failed to make it past the Celtic wall, before the ball broke for McLean who blasted wide. At the other end, Gary Hooper pounced on a James Forrest cross only to see his close-range shot blocked by goalkeeper Paul Gallacher but the offside flag was raised in any case. Real chances had been few and far between but Celtic were threatening when Cha provided a dangerous cross from the right flank that was met by Anthony Stokes, who saw his header flash inches wide of the target. Hooper netted a double in midweek but had failed to make a similar impact against St Mirren and he was replaced at the interval by Shaun Maloney, who made his long-awaited comeback after four months on the sidelines with an ankle injury. Celtic were out of the traps quickly after the restart and Stokes could have opened the scoring with a drive from the tightest of angles that Gallacher did well to block at the near post, before Maloney fired a tame shot wide. The home side continued to struggle in their attempts to break down their stubborn visitors and made a second change with an hour gone when Ki was withdrawn for Ledley. Commons was thrown into the action in place of Ljungberg with 20 minutes to go and his introduction had the desired effect for Celtic. Maloney was the provider with the pass that was collected by Commons 12 yards out before he lashed past the grasp of Gallacher with 79 minutes on the clock. Saints could have snatched a late leveller but John Potter fired wide in the final minute with their best chance of the game.

Form Guide

    WWWLWW
  • Celtic
  • VS
  • St Mirren
  • WLLLWW

Last Meetings

  • St Mirren
  • 0 - 1
  • Celtic
  • 14/11/2010
  • Celtic
  • 4 - 0
  • St Mirren
  • 22/08/2010
  • St Mirren
  • 4 - 0
  • Celtic
  • 24/03/2010
  • Celtic
  • 3 - 1
  • St Mirren
  • 28/11/2009
  • St Mirren
  • 0 - 2
  • Celtic
  • 26/09/2009
  • Celtic
  • 7 - 0
  • St Mirren
  • 28/02/2009

Top Scorers

Celtic

  • G Hooper 14
  • A Stokes 9
  • P McCourt 5
  • S Maloney 4
  • K Commons 3
  • S Ki 3
  • J Forrest 3
  • M Wilson 2
  • J Ledley 2
  • N McGinn 2
  • D Majstorovic 1
  • G Loovens 1
  • D Cha 1
  • S Brown 1
  • G Samaras 1
  • E Izaguirre 1
  • T Rogne 1

St Mirren

  • M Higdon 11
  • S Thomson 5
  • C Dargo 2
  • D McGregor 2
  • G Wardlaw 2
  • S Lynch 2
  • J Travner 1
  • M McAusland 1
  • P McGowan 1

Goals

Celtic

    • Total goals 82
    • Goals per game 64
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 9 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 9 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 9 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

St Mirren

    • Total goals 48
    • Goals per game 30
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 15 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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