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Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Paton.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren McGregor on Scott Vernon. Paul Hartley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Darren McGregor.
Clark Robertson is cautioned. Clark Robertson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David van Zanten. Jure Travner has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Foul by Darren Mackie on Patrick Cregg, free kick awarded. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Michael Paton, Darren McGregor manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Paul Hartley from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Michael Paton takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Darren McGregor.
Andrius Velicka fouled by David van Zanten, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hartley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.
Yoann Folly concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugh Murray. Marc McAusland takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Patrick Cregg on Andrius Velicka, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
Unfair challenge on Marc McAusland by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Paton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jure Travner. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul McGowan, Darren Mackie manages to make a clearance.
Chris Maguire goes off and Andrius Velicka comes on.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul Hartley, clearance made by Michael Higdon.
(St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Hugh Murray coming on for Aaron Mooy.
Unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg by Chris Maguire results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
Chris Maguire gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Aaron Mooy, Darren McGregor has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Jure Travner fouled by Michael Paton, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
Caution for Darren Mackie. Darren Mackie challenges Marc McAusland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by John Potter.
Paul McGowan is ruled offside. Mark Howard takes the free kick.
Michael Paton comes on in place of Sone Aluko. (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Clark Robertson coming on for Jerel Ifil.
Rory McArdle gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen.
Foul by Darren McGregor on Chris Maguire, free kick awarded. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yoann Folly by Gareth Wardlaw. Paul Hartley restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Aaron Mooy, clearance made by Scott Vernon.
Gareth Wardlaw fouled by Jerel Ifil, the ref awards a free kick. Darren McGregor takes the direct free kick.
Jerel Ifil is given a yellow card. Foul by Jerel Ifil on Jure Travner, free kick awarded. Aaron Mooy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Mark Howard.
Corner taken by Paul Hartley from the right by-line to the near post, Chris Maguire produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
The referee blows for offside. Rory McArdle takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Higdon. Rory McArdle takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Free kick taken by Rory McArdle.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Wardlaw on Jerel Ifil. Jerel Ifil takes the free kick.
Chris Maguire challenges Darren McGregor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David van Zanten on Darren Mackie. Rory McArdle restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Yoann Folly on Paul McGowan. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jerel Ifil. Mark Howard takes the free kick.
Marc McAusland fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen.Corner taken right-footed by Aaron Mooy, assist on the goal came from Aaron Mooy.
Michael Higdon is caught offside. Mark Howard takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Cregg on Chris Maguire. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
Darren McGregor fouled by Chris Maguire, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Samson takes the free kick.
Patrick Cregg fouled by Paul Hartley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Zander Diamond fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Howard.
Unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Sone Aluko results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Unfair challenge on Sone Aluko by Jure Travner results in a free kick. Sone Aluko crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Michael Higdon.
Gareth Wardlaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory McArdle. Mark Howard takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Aaron Mooy from the right by-line.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Maguire on Darren McGregor. Free kick taken by John Potter.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Hartley by Aaron Mooy. Rory McArdle takes the free kick.
The match begins.
The referee starts the second half.
The match has reached half-time.
The referee ends the match.
No sweeping changes for McInnes
St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes expects to name a similar side to the one who lost to Celtic midweek when they play host to the same team in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Murray Davidson took a knock to his ankle but should be fit as Saints attempt to make amends for their Co-operative Insurance Cup exit.
Graham Gartland and Kevin Moon (both knee) and Jody Morris (rib) are still all out.
McInnes insists his players are relishing the prospect of another tussle with Celtic.
Saints were left reeling when the Hoops raced into a three goal lead in the opening 13 minutes before the home side staged an impressive fightback that saw them just fail to force extra-time as the tie ended 3-2.
"We've still got to be excited about the Old Firm coming to our place," said McInnes.
"It's another big game and we're just hoping we can impose ourselves better than we did the other night.
"Certainly, we hope we can start the game a lot better and give ourselves an opportunity to try and get something from the game.
"We gave ourselves a real uphill struggle the other night but credit to the players for showing the character and determination to get themselves back into the game.
"We didn't do enough to force the game into extra-time and we are out of the cup now so we have to forget about that now.
"We will learn from the game but all our focus and energy is on the league game now. Our job now is to make sure we are ready for the league game on Saturday and we will be."
Celtic striker Gary Hooper is a doubt after he picked up a metatarsal injury in on Wednesday night.
Skipper Shaun Maloney, who missed the trip with an eye injury, is also a doubt.
Travner ends Saints wait
Jure Travner scored an injury-time winner to give St Mirren a long-awaited 2-1 victory over Aberdeen in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League.
The midfielder drilled the crucial winner into the bottom-right corner after 92 minutes of play at New St Mirren Park to give his side only their second SPL victory of the season, their first since beating Hibernian in August.
Marc McAusland had opened the scoring for the hosts in the first half but his effort was cancelled out by Aberdeen's Rory McArdle just before the hour, and the teams seemed set to have to settle for a point apiece until the dramatic finish.
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon made two changes as the basement side hosted Aberdeen in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League.
Midfielder Aaron Mooy made his first start, following his debut from the bench in the previous week's 3-0 defeat at Hearts, while David van Zanten also started, the pair taking to the pitch in place of the benched Hugh Murray and Kenny McLean.
Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee named the same team which last weekend earned his club's first league victory in six games, the 4-2 home win against Hibs.
Yoann Folly was in the starting line-up after recovering from the ankle injury which had kept him out of the Pittodrie side's injury-time League Cup quarter-final victory over Falkirk in midweek.
Van Zanten had an early shot from the edge of the area which hit off Mooy, but the home defender then earned his side's first corner on five minutes by weaving his way past Paul Hartley and into the box.
Aberdeen had been passing well and had a chance on 10 minutes following a free-kick from Sone Aluko, but Chris Maguire put his final effort over the bar from beside the right-hand post.
Van Zanten had a speculative effort easily saved by Mark Howard, and Gareth Wardlaw then went down on the edge of box after a clash as he and the visiting defenders pursued Michael Higdon's lay-off from a good move begun by Mooy.
Higdon missed St Mirren's best chance to date on 25 minutes - Mooy and Paul McGowan linked to put him in prime position 12 yards out following a Van Zanten throw on the right, but the home striker lifted his effort over the crossbar.
Aberdeen immediately raced to the opposite end, but Scott Vernon stumbled as he aimed to meet Darren Mackie's pass across the box.
However, St Mirren were in front on 29 minutes - Mooy's corner from the right sailed through the box to reach McAusland at the opposite post, and his acute-angled header beat goalkeeper Howard and the defenders on the line to go in at the far post.
St Mirren dominated the remainder of the first half and the lively Mooy even tried his luck with a long-range shot from midfield, which went harmlessly over the bar.
Folly and Ifil combined on the right late in the half for the latter to cross into the box, but the ball proved beyond the reach of the jumping Mackie.
The second half got off to a bizarre start when St Mirren headed straight upfield from kick-off and were initially awarded a free-kick inside the box - but referee Crawford Allan then changed his decision to a drop ball and Aberdeen booted the danger clear.
The visitors responded with a Paul Hartley corner from the right and Maguire met the clearance at the edge of the box but fired wildly high.
Mooy then had a free-kick from the left wing, awarded when Travner was brought down by Ifil, easily claimed by Howard in a lively opening spell.
Zander Diamond had to be alert to meet a cross and head it away from Higdon inside the six-yard box after an excellent St Mirren break upfield on 56 minutes.
However, Aberdeen levelled moments later after being awarded a free kick on the right byline after a foul on Maguire.
Hartley drilled in the set piece and although Maguire took a fresh-air swipe at the ball, it fell to defender McArdle who powered a sweet finish into the bottom right corner.
McGowan held the ball up well near the corner as the game entered its final quarter to allow Travner to take possession and work his way along the byline, but Ryan Jack blocked his run at the near post.
Folly forced Craig Samson into a save when he found space to approach goal after gathering a Hartley corner at the second attempt and running in from the left.
Wardlaw put a turn and shot from 18 yards over the bar with quarter of an hour remaining as both sides searched for a crucial winner.
McGowan came close with a long-range half-volley which went only narrowly off target.
Hartley blazed over the bar after a Michael Paton corner five minutes from time, while Travner saw a diagonal free-kick from just outside the penalty area whistle past the left-hand post in an end-to-end finish.
However, the on-loan Watford midfielder netted a dramatic winner two minutes into injury time, skipping past substitute Paton at the left byline and rolling home a drilled finish which nestled in the opposite corner.
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