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  • Date:22 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Celtic Park
  • Ledley (4) Maloney (22)
    Forrest (68) Ki (80)

Live Commentary


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jos Hooiveld by Craig Dargo. Free kick taken by Joe Ledley.


Marc McAusland concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Maloney. Marc McAusland is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Joe Ledley.


The ball is crossed by Craig Dargo, blocked by Jos Hooiveld.


The ball is delivered by Shaun Maloney.


Short corner worked by Shaun Maloney.


Corner taken by Joe Ledley from the right by-line.


A cross is delivered by James Forrest, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.


Jos Hooiveld challenges Craig Dargo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark McLennan restarts play with the free kick.


Sung-Yong Ki scores a goal from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Celtic 4-0 St Mirren.Patrick McCourt provided the assist for the goal.


Efrain Juarez delivers the ball, clearance made by Marc McAusland. Corner taken short by Patrick McCourt.


James Forrest crosses the ball, Jure Travner gets a block in. Short corner taken by Joe Ledley from the right by-line.


Steven Robb goes off and Greame Ramage comes on.


Sean Lynch takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Zaluska.


Mark McLennan comes on in place of Garry Brady. (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Daryl Murphy coming on for Marc-Antoine Fortune.


Shaun Maloney crosses the ball, blocked by Sean Lynch.


Corner taken short by Shaun Maloney. Sung-Yong Ki on for Beram Kayal.


James Forrest fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Celtic 3-0 St Mirren.Assist by Marc-Antoine Fortune.


The ball is sent over by Efrain Juarez.


Foul by Beram Kayal on Steven Robb, free kick awarded. Beram Kayal goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Garry Brady, Jos Hooiveld makes a clearance.


The referee blows for offside against Craig Dargo. Lukasz Zaluska restarts play with the free kick.


The ball is crossed by James Forrest.


Craig Dargo is ruled offside. Georgios Samaras leaves the field to be replaced by Patrick McCourt. Lukasz Zaluska takes the free kick.


Craig Dargo is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Ledley.


Unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by John Potter results in a free kick. Shaun Maloney sends in a cross, Jos Hooiveld has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.


The referee blows for offside against Craig Dargo. Daniel Majstorovic takes the indirect free kick.


Effort from deep inside the area by Marc-Antoine Fortune misses to the left of the goal.


Marc-Antoine Fortune fouled by Jure Travner, the ref awards a free kick. Efrain Juarez restarts play with the free kick.


Beram Kayal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jure Travner. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.


Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joe Ledley, Paul Gallacher makes a save.


Georgios Samaras takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Paul Gallacher makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Jos Hooiveld from the right by-line, John Potter makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney.


Scott Brown takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Joe Ledley, Daniel Majstorovic takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.


Foul by Hugh Murray on Georgios Samaras, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jos Hooiveld.

45:43 +0.43

Centre by James Forrest, clearance by Hugh Murray. Shaun Maloney takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Hugh Murray makes a clearance.


Centre by Sean Lynch, clearance by Jos Hooiveld.

45:12 +0.12

Georgios Samaras handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Garry Brady takes the free kick.


Marc McAusland on for David van Zanten.


David van Zanten sends in a cross, clearance by Beram Kayal.


Darren McGregor sends in a cross.


Craig Dargo is ruled offside. Jos Hooiveld restarts play with the free kick.


Beram Kayal concedes a free kick for a foul on Jure Travner. Lee Mair takes the free kick.


Georgios Samaras produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Marc-Antoine Fortune. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Georgios Samaras on John Potter. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.


Shaun Maloney produces a drilled left-footed shot from just outside the area that hits the post. Marc-Antoine Fortune has an effort at goal from the edge of the box hitting the post.


Shaun Maloney takes a shot from just outaide the penalty box and strikes the post. Marc-Antoine Fortune produces a right-footed shot from just inside the penalty area and strikes the post.


Marc-Antoine Fortune sends in a cross.


Jos Hooiveld gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Dargo. David van Zanten takes the free kick.


Shaun Maloney delivers the ball, Jos Hooiveld takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.


Georgios Samaras sends in a cross, David van Zanten makes a clearance. Short corner taken by Georgios Samaras from the left by-line.


John Potter sends in a cross, Efrain Juarez makes a clearance.


The ball is sent over by Marc-Antoine Fortune, Shaun Maloney grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 St Mirren.Marc-Antoine Fortune provided the assist for the goal.


Beram Kayal takes a shot.


The ball is crossed by James Forrest, save made by Paul Gallacher.


Foul by Scott Brown on Garry Brady, free kick awarded. Hugh Murray takes the free kick.


A cross is delivered by Efrain Juarez, David van Zanten manages to make a clearance.


Garry Brady sends in a cross, save by Lukasz Zaluska.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Forrest by David van Zanten. David van Zanten goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Joe Ledley.


Marc-Antoine Fortune has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.


Marc-Antoine Fortune delivers the ball, blocked by Jure Travner. Corner taken left-footed by Joe Ledley from the right by-line, John Potter makes a clearance.


Marc-Antoine Fortune has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.


Joe Ledley scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 St Mirren.Assist on the goal came from Georgios Samaras.


The ball is sent over by Craig Dargo.

The game begins.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The referee blows for half time.

The referee ends the match.

Match Preview

Hoops wait on Cha reaction Celtic could be without Cha Du-Ri for the visit of St Mirren who has a hamstring problem and will require a late fitness test. There will be no debut for new signing Emilio Izaguirre, who has returned to his native Honduras to complete the paperwork of his move. Andreas Hinkel will miss the next nine months after sustaining cruciate ligament damage to his right knee in training. Celtic manager Neil Lennon attempted to call time on the ongoing debate about his captain Scott Brown's value to the team. Lennon is angry that Brown, a #4.4million buy from Hibernian in the summer of 2007, remains the subject of repeated criticism that Celtic overpaid for his services. Brown did claim the SPFA Player of the Year prize in 2009 which seemed to silence his doubters, but his form was more uneven last term reopening the argument about how much he does for Celtic. Lennon, though, promised he has never questioned his skipper's contribution since taking charge of the club following the departure of Tony Mowbray in March. He said: "There's this apparent conundrum about Browny, but I don't see where all the criticism comes from at times. "Since I've taken over he's been very consistent and again pre-season and coming into the season he's been very good. "He's a very strong player for me and I thought as the Utrecht game went on he got better and better so I've no worries or qualms about his performances since I've taken over and I think there's more to come from him, as well." Lennon says he now has the kind of dressing-room he has long craved at Parkhead, with Brown typical of the type of character he likes to see lining up on his side. The Celtic manager has brought a number of players into the club during the summer from a whole host of locations, but the one thing they have had in common is the way they go about their football. This Celtic team is starting to reflect Lennon's own image, but he conceded the real test is yet to come as first impressions can be misleading at this stage of the season. Lennon added: "There's a good spirit among the players, we've got good personalities. "I like their character and what they've brought to the club, but then I liked the nucleus of the squad we had last year as well so there's a good balance and blend there. "It's very early for clear-cut opinions, until their backs are against the wall we won't know what character they will have, but the early signs have been promising." St Mirren have several players unavailable. Paul McGowan is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement, while Michael Higdon is suspended. Paul McQuade and Steven Thomson join David Barron on the sidelines, but Craig Dargo returns after recovering from a minor strain. St Mirren manager Danny Lennon fully expects Neil Lennon to use memories of Celtic's last meeting with the Paisley club to fire up his players. Saints produced a shock 4-0 win on that infamous night last March, a result which ultimately spelled the end of Tony Mowbray's ill-fated reign. Mowbray's departure paved the way for Neil Lennon to step into the hotseat at Celtic and his namesake knows he will do everything in his power to avoid a similar defeat on Sunday. "I actually saw the game that evening and St Mirren were on fire," said Danny Lennon, who replaced Gus MacPherson as Buddies boss over the summer. "There is no doubt, knowing Lenny, he will have that one fired up for them for the game coming up on Sunday. "He's got his style and his mark on things now and Danny Lennon, likewise, has his mark on things at St Mirren. "We will have a pop as much as we can with the resources we have and I'm hoping to go there and frustrate them and quickly get that crowd turned and try to use that as an advantage for us."

Formation:442Manager: Neil Lennon


Formation: 451Manager: Danny Lennon

St Mirren

  • Lukasz Zaluska
  • Efrain Juarez
  • Daniel Majstorovic
  • Jos Hooiveld
  • Joe Ledley
  • Beram Kayal
  • James Forrest
  • Scott Brown
  • Shaun Maloney
  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
  • Georgios Samaras
  • SUBS
  • Don Cervi
  • Milan Misun
  • Sung-Yong Ki
  • Patrick McCourt
  • Daryl Murphy
  • Richard Towell
  • Filip Twardzik



Match Report

Bhoys romp to victory Celtic swept St Mirren aside with a 4-0 victory at Parkhead and brushed away any concerns they will lack flair without the departed Aiden McGeady. This was a day for new Celtic heroes, not least among them James Forrest, a young homegrown winger in the McGeady mould, who claimed their third of four goals against an outclassed St Mirren. Joe Ledley put Celtic ahead on six minutes and when Shaun Maloney claimed a second before half-time with a deflected effort, the outcome was never in serious doubt. Forrest's moment came after 68 minutes will be remembered by him, but the pick of the goals was still to come, Ki Sung-yueng's late hit from well outside the area taking the plaudits. Celtic received #9.5million from Spartak Moscow for McGeady, but this was not to be an afternoon he was missed as Neil Lennon's new-look team turned on the style. There was an irony about the final scoreline. It was a 4-0 defeat to St Mirren that saw Tony Mowbray removed as Celtic manager back in March. Cha Du-ri failed a late fitness test on a hamstring injury to miss out for Celtic as they hosted St Mirren in their first Clydesdale Bank Premier League home game of the season. Jos Hooiveld, suspended for the European tie with Utrecht, returned in defence, while Forrest was afforded a start as Glenn Loovens missed out. St Mirren's only fit forward was Craig Dargo so he began alone up front, the visitors unable to field their on-loan striker from Celtic, Paul McGowan, while Michael Higdon was banned. Forrest had an immediate impact as he played a major part in Celtic taking a sixth minute lead, darting beyond two St Mirren defenders on the left flank before playing the ball infield. His pass was collected by Georgios Samaras who slipped Ledley through and the summer signing from Cardiff produced a low driven finish for 1-0, shooting across Paul Gallacher in the St Mirren goal with the outside of his foot. Samaras was proving difficult for St Mirren to track and he again found space to set up Marc-Antoine Fortune to cut inside and fire into the side-netting. David Van Zanten collected a 15th minute booking for upending Forrest, though St Mirren did spurn a rare scoring chance when Darren McGregor's poor control prevented him getting a shot in before Lukasz Zaluska's diving block. Celtic almost doubled their advantage in the 22nd minute when Samaras tapped the ball to Beram Kayal who produced a stunning shot from distance that bounced back off the angle of post and crossbar. A minute later and it was 2-0, Fortune advancing down the right and from his low cross, Maloney was claiming the final touch, though the ball looked to have entered the net via a St Mirren defender with both John Potter and Van Zanten in the mix. Celtic were the dominant force and only the woodwork was keeping the score down, first a fine Maloney strike struck Gallacher's left-hand post, while from the rebound, Fortune's effort hit the outside of the same upright. Maloney, clearly lifted by his goal even if he may yet not get to keep it, was in confident mood and his trickery set up Samaras for what proved a wayward strike at goal. St Mirren replaced the booked Van Zanten at half-time with another defender, Marc McAusland, as Danny Lennon tried to stem the Celtic tide. The pattern of the game, though, was unchanged, first Brown shooting well from distance and then Gallacher being forced into a fine low save to keep out a Samaras strike. Maloney sent in a dangerous free-kick that Hooiveld sent narrowly wide with a glancing header. Celtic opted to withdraw Samaras to introduce the extra flair of Paddy McCourt, who scored the club's winner on the opening day at Inverness before being forced off after his celebrations left him with a whiplash injury suffered when he collided with Maloney. Celtic made it 3-0 when Fortune set up Forrest whose powerful angled drive left Gallacher without a hope. Lennon made more changes as he replaced the excellent Kayal with Ki , while Daryl Murphy replaced Fortune. St Mirren were offering little in response, but Sean Lynch should still have done better as he could only manage a tame effort when the chance to shoot arose with Zaluska out of position. Ki had enough time to leave his mark on the game with an outstanding fourth goal, leaving Gallacher motionless with a terrific long-range strike.