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  • Date:26 Nov 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Celtic Park
  • Attendance:57,789
  • Samaras (3) Hooper (7)
    Hooper (52) Hooper (56)
    McGeough (71)
Goal!

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92mins

A cross is delivered by Kenny McLean, save by Fraser Forster.

91mins

Nigel Hasselbaink takes a short corner.

90mins

Short corner taken by Adam Matthews from the right by-line.

89mins

Corner taken by Graham Carey from the right by-line.

88mins

Effort from long distance by Kenny McLean goes wide right of the target.

86mins

Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Hasselbaink. Direct free kick taken by Nigel Hasselbaink.

82mins

Nigel Hasselbaink fouled by Beram Kayal, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Carey restarts play with the free kick.

80mins

Shot by Beram Kayal from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

77mins

The ball is delivered by Graham Carey, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.

75mins

David Barron concedes a free kick for a foul on Georgios Samaras. Mohamed Bangura joins the action as a substitute, replacing Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Beram Kayal.

73mins

Foul by Paul McGowan on Georgios Samaras, free kick awarded. Paul McGowan goes into the referee's book. The referee books Georgios Samaras for unsporting behaviour. Patrick McCourt joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Hooper. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.

72mins

A fantastic goal is scored by Dylan McGeough from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 5-0 St Mirren.

71mins

Glenn Loovens concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McGowan. Glenn Loovens receives a caution for dissent. Jim Goodwin takes the direct free kick.

70mins

Effort from inside the area by Paul McGowan misses to the right of the goal.

69mins

Victor Wanyama concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McGowan. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Graham Carey, save by Fraser Forster.

69mins

Graham Carey comes on in place of Illias Haddad.

68mins

Joe Ledley decides to take a short corner.

67mins

Centre by Adam Matthews, blocked by David Barron.

67mins

Short corner taken by Adam Matthews.

67mins

Victor Wanyama takes a shot. Blocked by Jim Goodwin.

64mins

Steven Thompson is caught offside. James Forrest goes off and Dylan McGeough comes on. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

63mins

Adam Matthews sends in a cross, save by Craig Samson.

62mins

The ball is delivered by Kenny McLean.

61mins

The offside flag is raised against Paul McGowan. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.

59mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kenny McLean played to the near post, Joe Ledley makes a clearance.

57mins

Gary Hooper scores a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Celtic 4-0 St Mirren.

56mins

David Barron is brought on as a substitute for David van Zanten.

56mins

Paul McGowan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

54mins

Anthony Stokes produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

53mins

Goal scored by Gary Hooper from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Celtic 3-0 St Mirren.The assist for the goal came from Anthony Stokes.

51mins

Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.

48mins

The ball is swung over by Anthony Stokes, Beram Kayal takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.

47mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jeroen Tesselaar. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.

47mins

The ball is sent over by Georgios Samaras, Jeroen Tesselaar makes a clearance.

46mins

Adam Matthews decides to take the corner short.

46mins

Gary Hooper takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a save.

46mins

Steven Thompson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Teale.

45mins

Paul McGowan is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

39mins

Corner taken left-footed by Kenny McLean, Unfair challenge on Fraser Forster by Nigel Hasselbaink results in a free kick. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.

39mins

The ball is swung over by Nigel Hasselbaink, Georgios Samaras makes a clearance.

36mins

Gary Teale produces a cross, save by Fraser Forster.

34mins

The ball is sent over by David van Zanten, Glenn Loovens makes a clearance.

32mins

Illias Haddad challenges James Forrest unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.

32mins

The ball is delivered by Jeroen Tesselaar, Adam Matthews gets a block in.

31mins

Anthony Stokes is caught offside. Craig Samson takes the free kick.

31mins

Kenny McLean crosses the ball, save by Fraser Forster.

30mins

Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Beram Kayal. Free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.

28mins

Gary Hooper gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Illias Haddad. Direct free kick taken by Lee Mair.

27mins

Nigel Hasselbaink is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.

26mins

Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Daniel Majstorovic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.

24mins

Outswinging corner taken by Joe Ledley, Effort on goal by Victor Wanyama from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

21mins

James Forrest has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

20mins

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kenny McLean, save by Fraser Forster.

20mins

A cross is delivered by Gary Teale, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.

18mins

James Forrest takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a save.

17mins

Inswinging corner taken by Kenny McLean, Fraser Forster makes a save.

17mins

The ball is crossed by Gary Teale, Glenn Loovens makes a clearance.

17mins

Victor Wanyama gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink. David van Zanten takes the free kick.

16mins

Shot by Kenny McLean from a long way out goes over the net.

15mins

Foul by Gary Teale on Georgios Samaras, free kick awarded. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.

15mins

The referee blows for offside. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.

13mins

Adam Matthews takes a corner.

13mins

James Forrest sends in a cross, clearance made by Kenny McLean.

11mins

Joe Ledley crosses the ball.

8mins

A goal is scored by Gary Hooper from close range low into the middle of the goal. Celtic 2-0 St Mirren.Assist on the goal came from Anthony Stokes.

7mins

Gary Teale fouled by Victor Wanyama, the ref awards a free kick. David van Zanten restarts play with the free kick.

4mins

Georgios Samaras gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Celtic 1-0 St Mirren.

3mins

Glenn Loovens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.

2mins

The ball is delivered by Jeroen Tesselaar, clearance by Adam Matthews.

1mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Jim Goodwin. Free kick taken by Beram Kayal.

1mins

The ball is swung over by Paul McGowan, clearance by Daniel Majstorovic.

Match Preview

Commons misses Buddies clash Kris Commons is out of the Celtic squad for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with St Mirren at Parkhead. The midfielder had to come off at half-time in the 2-1 win over Dunfermline in midweek with a thigh injury which is likely to keep him out for a couple of weeks. Defender Glenn Loovens and striker Mohamed Bangura are back after recovering from hamstring and knee injuries respectively and while defender Charlie Mulgrew is over a hamstring complaint, a family bereavement means he misses out. Saints have taken seven points from three games and have already secured a result in Glasgow this season thanks to Steven Thompson's late equaliser against Rangers. Boss Danny Lennon said: "We'll certainly not just go there to make the numbers up, we'll go there with a bit of confidence and try and exploit Celtic's weaknesses. "Celtic this season have been a wee bit of a bag of mixture. They failed to score against St Johnstone at home and Hibs at home but then they take four off Motherwell and five off Dundee United at home. "So you never know what you are really going to get from them at this minute in time, although they are starting to put a string of winning performances together. "We'll go with a different approach in what earned us a very good point at Ibrox and we'll try to keep that element of surprise for Celtic." Aaron Mooy returns to the St Mirren squad. The Australian midfielder has recovered from the stress fracture of his back which has kept him out all season. Hugh Murray is closing in on his comeback from knee surgery but will not be involved while Darren McGregor (knee) remains out for the season.

Formation:442Manager: Neil Lennon

Celtic

Formation: 4411Manager: Danny Lennon

St Mirren

  • Fraser Forster
  • Adam Matthews
  • Daniel Majstorovic
  • Glenn Loovens
  • Joe Ledley
  • James Forrest
  • Beram Kayal
  • Victor Wanyama
  • Georgios Samaras
  • Anthony Stokes
  • Gary Hooper
  • SUBS
  • Lukasz Zaluska
  • Badr El Kaddouri
  • Mohamed Bangura
  • Sung-Yeung Ki
  • Patrick McCourt
  • Andre Blackman
  • Dylan McGeough

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Match Report

Hooper treble lifts Celtic A Gary Hooper hat-trick helped Celtic thrash St Mirren 5-0 and move within four points of Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers. It was the Hoops fifth straight win and they reiterated their title intentions in impressive style, although Rangers have a game in hand against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Sunday. The first half belonged to the much-maligned Georgios Samaras as dreadful defending by the visitors allowed him to open the scoring in the fourth minute, with Hooper grabbing his first four minutes later from close range. The former Scunthorpe striker scored twice more early in the second half before substitute Dylan McGeouch scored his first goal for the club in the 72nd minute with a wonderful solo effort which began when he won the ball in his own half. The home fans hailed a new hero at the end, but the win was inspired by Samaras, who probably started the game only because Kris Commons was injured. Defender Glenn Loovens replaced Ki Sung-yueng, who dropped to the bench, while St Mirren boss Danny Lennon dropped former Rangers striker Steven Thompson to the bench and brought in defender Illias Haddad, with Gary Teale replacing injured midfielder Steven Thomson. But it was to no avail. Just as they did in their 2-1 home win over Dunfermline in midweek, Celtic started the game strongly but Samaras only put them ahead after Saints defender Marc McAusland made a mess of trying to clear a harmless Joe Ledley pass. The ball fell kindly to the Greece striker, whose low drive from the edge of the box was unconvincing, but goalkeeper Craig Samson let the ball squirm out of his hands and trickle over the line. Four minutes later Samaras was involved again when he set up Anthony Stokes inside the box and his drive was tapped into an empty net at the back post by Hooper as the visitors appealed unsuccessfully for offside. In the 19th minute Samaras set up Forrest with a cut-back after forcing his way into the box, but the Scotland international's left-footed effort was stopped by Samson. After that Celtic's early enthusiasm waned somewhat. Stokes had the ball in the net with a drive but long after the offside flag was raised. Thompson replaced Teale for the start of the second half but just seconds after the restart Samson had to make a close-range save from Hooper with the St Mirren defence in disarray. In the 48th minute a flowing Celtic move ended with skipper Beram Kayal firing in a shot from Stokes' cross which was too close to Samson. Moments later Samaras displayed his confidence with a snap-shot from 25 yards but Samson also saved with a degree of ease. However, Saints' resistance crumbled and in the 53rd minute Celtic appeared to seal the points when Hooper grabbed his second. Victor Wanyama's pass sent Stokes racing down the left and despite the attentions of McAusland, the Irishman cut the ball into the box for Hooper, who easily turned Lee Mair before firing past Samson from close range. Three minutes later the former Scunthorpe player earned himself the match ball with another fine piece of finishing. After getting the break of the ball when he tried a one-two with Forrest, he clipped the ball over Samson from 10 yards for his third. In the 65th minute Celtic boss Lennon replaced Forrest with former Rangers youth player McGeouch and within minutes he grabbed a brilliant first goal for Celtic after robbing St Mirren midfielder Kenny McLean inside his own half. He skipped past Buddies midfielder Jim Goodwin as he raced towards the St Mirren box, using Stokes as a decoy before driving low past the hapless Samson to confirm the convincing win. In the final seconds Kayal's shot appeared to strike Mair on the hand but referee Steven McLean ignored penalty claims. Celtic fans will now turn their attention to Rugby Park on Sunday to see if there is more encouragement in their rejuvenated title bid.

Form Guide

    DWDWWW
  • Celtic
  • VS
  • St Mirren
  • LDLWDW

Last Meetings

  • St Mirren
  • 0 - 2
  • Celtic
  • 28/08/2011
  • Celtic
  • 1 - 0
  • St Mirren
  • 09/04/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

Celtic

  • A Stokes 8
  • G Hooper 6
  • J Forrest 5
  • S Ki 4
  • J Ledley 3
  • C Mulgrew 2
  • B El Kaddouri 1

St Mirren

  • S Thompson 3
  • P McGowan 3
  • N Hasselbaink 3
  • K McLean 2
  • S Thomson 1
  • M McAusland 1

Goals

Celtic

    • Total goals 43
    • Goals per game 29
  • 4 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 9 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

St Mirren

    • Total goals 28
    • Goals per game 14
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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