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  • Date:14 Nov 2010
  • Kick-off:14:00
  • Venue:St Mirren Park
  • Hooper (90)
Goal!

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94mins

The referee cautions Gary Hooper for unsporting behaviour.

93mins

Corner taken left-footed by Kenneth McLean, Sung-Yong Ki manages to make a clearance.

92mins

The ball is sent over by Patrick McCourt, Gary Hooper scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Mirren 0-1 Celtic.Assist on the goal came from Patrick McCourt.

90mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Patrick McCourt. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.

90mins

Michael Higdon has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

88mins

Emilio Izaguirre delivers the ball.

86mins

Daryl Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on David van Zanten. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.

85mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Shaun Maloney, Thomas Rogne produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

85mins

The ball is sent over by Emilio Izaguirre, blocked by David van Zanten.

84mins

Emilio Izaguirre sends in a cross, Shot from 18 yards from Niall McGinn. Blocked by Darren McGregor.

83mins

Mark Wilson sends in a cross, Effort on goal by Patrick McCourt from long range goes over the bar.

82mins

Darren McGregor is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.

81mins

Thomas Rogne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.

81mins

David Barron joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gareth Wardlaw.

80mins

Shot from a long way out by Michael Higdon goes wide of the left-hand post.

78mins

Sung-Yong Ki produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

77mins

Patrick McCourt takes a shot. David van Zanten gets a block in.

77mins

Niall McGinn takes a shot. Save made by Craig Samson.

75mins

Patrick McCourt on for Efrain Juarez.

75mins

A cross is delivered by Daryl Murphy, Effort from close range by Gary Hooper goes wide left of the target.

74mins

Unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Kenneth McLean results in a free kick. Gary Hooper takes the free kick.

74mins

Mark Wilson challenges Michael Higdon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Patrick Cregg, Gareth Wardlaw makes a clearance.

73mins

Niall McGinn has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

72mins

Outswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Jure Travner.

71mins

Shaun Maloney has an effort at goal. Blocked by John Potter.

71mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Potter on Shaun Maloney. Shaun Maloney takes the direct free kick.

71mins

The referee blows for offside against Gareth Wardlaw. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.

71mins

Shaun Maloney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Potter. Craig Samson takes the free kick.

70mins

Sean Lynch leaves the field to be replaced by Steven Thomson.

70mins

Shot by Niall McGinn. Craig Samson makes a save.

67mins

Sung-Yong Ki gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Lynch. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.

65mins

Niall McGinn crosses the ball, Daryl Murphy has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

64mins

Centre by Jure Travner.

63mins

Corner from right by-line taken by Kenneth McLean.

63mins

Gareth Wardlaw takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.

62mins

The ball is crossed by Niall McGinn, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Shaun Maloney goes wide right of the goal.

61mins

The referee blows for offside against Daryl Murphy. Du-Ri Cha leaves the field to be replaced by Niall McGinn. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Samson.

60mins

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

60mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Wardlaw on Daniel Majstorovic. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.

58mins

The ball is swung over by Kenneth McLean.

58mins

Emilio Izaguirre delivers the ball, save by Craig Samson.

57mins

Daryl Murphy on for Anthony Stokes.

57mins

Effort from outside the area by Shaun Maloney goes wide right of the goal.

54mins

The ball is sent over by Jure Travner, clearance made by Thomas Rogne.

53mins

The ball is crossed by Du-Ri Cha, Patrick Cregg manages to make a clearance.

52mins

Michael Higdon takes a shot.

52mins

Kenneth McLean sends in a cross, save by Fraser Forster.

51mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Efrain Juarez on Kenneth McLean. Patrick Cregg delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Fraser Forster.

49mins

Corner taken by Sean Lynch.

47mins

Short corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the right by-line, Effort from just outside the area by Mark Wilson goes over the bar.

47mins

Gary Hooper sends in a cross, Patrick Cregg gets a block in.

46mins

The ball is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre.

46mins

Emilio Izaguirre produces a cross.

45mins

Shaun Maloney decides to take the corner short.

45mins

Emilio Izaguirre delivers the ball, John Potter makes a clearance.

44mins

Mark Wilson delivers the ball, save made by Craig Samson.

43mins

David van Zanten gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.

43mins

Sung-Yong Ki takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide right of the goal.

43mins

Emilio Izaguirre delivers the ball, Darren McGregor manages to make a clearance.

42mins

Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Blocked by John Potter.

41mins

Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.

38mins

The ball is delivered by Mark Wilson, Header on goal by Du-Ri Cha from just inside the area goes over the goal.

37mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Darren McGregor. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

36mins

Corner taken right-footed by Sean Lynch.

36mins

Booking for Patrick Cregg.

36mins

The ball is delivered by Jure Travner, Sung-Yong Ki gets a block in.

34mins

Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney to the near post, Sean Lynch makes a clearance.

32mins

John Potter concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Maloney. John Potter booked for unsporting behaviour. Shot on goal comes in from Shaun Maloney from the free kick.

30mins

Gary Hooper concedes a free kick for a foul on John Potter. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.

29mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Shaun Maloney, Header from deep inside the area by Anthony Stokes goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

29mins

Shaun Maloney sends in a cross, Patrick Cregg manages to make a clearance.

29mins

Short corner taken by Shaun Maloney.

29mins

The ball is sent over by Emilio Izaguirre, blocked by Marc McAusland.

25mins

Unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Du-Ri Cha results in a free kick. John Potter takes the direct free kick.

24mins

Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Higdon. Marc McAusland takes the direct free kick.

24mins

The ball is swung over by Jure Travner, save by Fraser Forster.

23mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Wardlaw by Daniel Majstorovic. Kenneth McLean shoots direct from the free kick.

22mins

David van Zanten delivers the ball.

21mins

Efrain Juarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jure Travner. Patrick Cregg takes the direct free kick.

19mins

Centre by Shaun Maloney.

18mins

Patrick Cregg handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.

17mins

The ball is delivered by Jure Travner.

16mins

The offside flag is raised against Gary Hooper. Craig Samson takes the free kick.

15mins

Shaun Maloney produces a cross.

13mins

The ball is swung over by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance by Kenneth McLean.

13mins

Du-Ri Cha produces a cross, John Potter manages to make a clearance.

12mins

Patrick Cregg concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Stokes. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.

11mins

Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Majstorovic. Sung-Yong Ki takes the free kick.

10mins

Centre by Sean Lynch, Daniel Majstorovic gets a block in.

9mins

Foul by Du-Ri Cha on Kenneth McLean, free kick awarded. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.

7mins

The ball is crossed by Mark Wilson, Jure Travner gets a block in.

6mins

Corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the right by-line.

6mins

The ball is sent over by Sung-Yong Ki, Kenneth McLean gets a block in.

6mins

Emilio Izaguirre sends in a cross, clearance by Darren McGregor.

4mins

Long range effort on goal by Michael Higdon goes wide left of the target.

3mins

Foul by Daniel Majstorovic on Michael Higdon, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Cregg.

2mins

Foul by Kenneth McLean on Efrain Juarez, free kick awarded. Du-Ri Cha takes the direct free kick.

The referee gets the match started.

The first half comes to an end.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

Match Preview

Celtic win lives long in the memory for Saints St Mirren defender David Van Zanten revealed Saints players are still basking in the afterglow of last season's stunning 4-0 home win over Celtic which ended Tony Mowbray's time as Hoops boss. Mowbray was replaced by Neil Lennon, on an interim basis at first, after the infamous defeat in March all but handed Old Firm rivals Rangers the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title. Van Zanten, 28, returned to St Mirren in the summer after a spell at Hibernian and he was quickly brought up to speed on the famous win which Celtic will be looking to avenge at New St Mirren Park on Sunday. "I wasn't here for that game but the players have been speaking about it since I rejoined to be honest," the Irishman said. "They can't let go of it. Obviously it was a great result for the lads, especially after disappointment of losing the Co-op Cup final to Rangers days before. "Results like that don't happen often. Everyone else will look at as a freak result. "But it gives us a little bit of confidence that things like that can happen and we will keep our fingers crossed for Sunday. "We obviously know that we will have to be at our best to get something from the game." St Mirren midfielder Hugh Murray will miss the clash with a fractured cheekbone sustained against Dundee United in midweek. Loan striker Paul McGowan is ineligible against his parent club. But David Barron and Craig Dargo (both knee), Steven Thomson (calf) and Stevie Robb (thigh) are all back in training and in contention. Saints go in the game buoyed by their first away win of the season against Dundee United and Van Zanten added: "Nobody, apart from ourselves, thought we could get a win on Wednesday and we will take confidence from that. "There has been a big turnover of players in the summer and the lads are getting to know each other now." St Mirren boss Danny Lennon, who took over the Paisley club in the summer, remembers better the second week of the season when his side were non-runners in a 4-0 defeat at Parkhead. "They were absolutely terrific to watch and the only consolation that day was that I didn't have to pay to get in to watch it," he said. "They have that within them so we have to play to our strengths and our strength is our hard work ethic. "We have learned from the defeat against Rangers last week that against the Old Firm you have got to be concentrated for 90 minutes. But we are positive and very upbeat." Norwegian defender Thomas Rogne returns to Celtic`s squad having served a one-game ban against Hearts at Tynecastle on Wednesday. Midfielder Joe Ledley is suspended after being sent off in the defeat in Gorgie, with Hoops manager Lennon confirming he will not appeal. Ahead of the trip to St Mirren, Celtic striker Georgios Samaras believes Old Firm defeats will lose their shock value as the season goes on. Eyebrows were raised on Wednesday night when Celtic went down 2-0 to Hearts and SPL leaders Rangers lost 3-0 to Hibernian at Ibrox. Greece international Samaras anticipated intermittent trouble for Celtic and Rangers as they continue their battle at the top of the table this season. He said: "It was a good opportunity for us on Wednesday to go first in the table but trust me, there is a lot of twists and turns until the end of the season and both teams will lose points, that's for sure. "There's still nearly 30 games remaining, it's not possible to win all the games. "We must forget what happened against Hearts. It's in the past and we are looking forward. "I don't want to make any excuses, say what was wrong or what was bad, all I want to do is focus on the next game. "When you lose a game it is not the best feeling but there is always the next day in football and all we can do is focus for the next game against St Mirren away." Celtic boss Lennon, still smarting from the defeat at Tynecastle, is expecting another difficult afternoon against St Mirren. "They had a good result at Dundee United and you seen by the results the other night that any team can beat any other team on any given day," the Irishman said. "There was a lot of surprise results. "Danny has done a decent job there. It has been difficult, he's had to bring new players in to a different level of the Scottish game but I'm sure he would have been delighted with the result against United because it is a difficult place to go."

Formation:352Manager: Danny Lennon

St Mirren

Formation: 442Manager: Neil Lennon

Celtic

  • Craig Samson
  • Marc McAusland
  • John Potter
  • Darren McGregor
  • David van Zanten
  • Sean Lynch
  • Patrick Cregg
  • Kenneth McLean
  • Jure Travner
  • Michael Higdon
  • Gareth Wardlaw
  • SUBS
  • Paul Mathers
  • Steven Thomson
  • David Barron
  • Jamie McCluskey
  • Aaron Mooy
  • Mark Lamont
  • Jamie McKernon

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Match Report

Hooper heroics for Hoops A dramatic injury-time winner from Gary Hooper gave Celtic three vital points in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with St Mirren which ended 1-0 at New St Mirren Park. The visitors bossed the first half but it was Buddies striker Michael Higdon who came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 52nd minute when his spectacular volley from 35 yards rebounded off the bar. Both sides then missed decent chances in an absorbing second half before Hooper stabbed in the late winner, after Saints failed to deal with substitute Paddy McCourt's cut-back, to take the visitors back to within one point of leaders Rangers. Hoops fans spilled onto the track in celebration and after the final whistle they were hailed by boss Neil Lennon, who came onto the pitch no doubt a relieved man. The Irishman had rung the changes, one of which was enforced. Efrain Juarez came into midfield for the suspended Joe Ledley, while defender Thomas Rogne returned from a one-game ban to replace Jos Hooiveld. Cha Du-Ri also came in for Georgios Samaras, who dropped out of the squad altogether. St Mirren were without Paul McGowan due to the terms of his loan deal from Celtic and Hugh Murray was out with a fractured cheekbone. Teenager Kenny McLean made his first start at home for the Buddies with Sean Lynch also finding a place in the starting XI. Celtic were back at the stadium where a 4-0 defeat in March had ended the ill-fated tenure of former manager Tony Mowbray. A minute's silence in commemoration of Remembrance Sunday was perfectly observed by both sets of fans. The visitors, inspired by South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, looked sharp and purposeful in the opening stages and St Mirren found themselves pinned back in their own half. However, despite their dominance of possession, Celtic were finding it hard to break down the Saints defence. The Paisley side's confidence grew gradually but by the halfway point neither goalkeeper had made a proper save. On the half-hour mark, from a Shaun Maloney corner, Celtic striker Anthony Stokes headed over the bar from 12 yards. Three minutes later John Potter was booked for a hack at Maloney as the Parkhead skipper threatened to burst into the box following slack play in the Buddies' rearguard. Maloney's free-kick from 25 yards was deflected over by the wall for another corner which the home side survived. As the tempo dropped a little, Stokes had a tame effort from distance five minutes from the break which goalkeeper Craig Samson saved with ease, before Ki fired wide from a similar distance. It took only a minute for Celtic for force their first corner of the second half but Wilson took a Maloney pass at the edge of the box and blasted high over. Saints began to make inroads and in the 52nd minute an unexpected 35-yard dipping volley from Higdon beat goalkeeper Fraser Forster only to rebound off the bar. In the 57th minute, just after Maloney had cleared the bar with a right-footed drive from the edge of the box, Stokes was replaced by Daryl Murphy. Moments later Hooper's close-range header was saved by Samson down to his right when it looked certain that the former Scunthorpe striker would score. Niall McGinn replaced Cha on the hour mark as Celtic tried to step up the pace and seconds later the Northern Ireland international squared the ball to Maloney, whose wayward shot from six yards did not even go behind for a corner. At the other end, Forster brilliantly tipped a powerful drive from Wardlaw over the bar. Murphy headed into the side netting at the back post from a McGinn cross from the right and, as the pressure intensified, the former Derry City winger forced a decent save from Samson with a powerful drive from the edge of the box. McCourt replaced Juarez with 15 minutes remaining but it was fellow Irishman McGinn who had a drive from close-range well saved by Samson following a wonderful defence-splitting pass from Ki. Higdon then sent another long-distance drive whistling past Forster's right-hand post. The final minutes were tense as Celtic drove forward and in the second minute of added time Hooper grabbed a dramatic winner from three yards out to spark wild scenes of celebration.

Form Guide

    LDLWLW
  • St Mirren
  • VS
  • Celtic
  • WWLWWL

Last Meetings

  • 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
  • St Mirren
  • 1 - 3
  • Celtic
  • 22/11/2008

Top Scorers

St Mirren

  • M Higdon 4
  • S Lynch 2
  • C Dargo 1
  • S Thomson 1
  • G Wardlaw 1
  • J Travner 1
  • M McAusland 1
  • P McGowan 1

Celtic

  • G Hooper 7
  • S Maloney 4
  • P McCourt 2
  • A Stokes 2
  • J Ledley 2
  • N McGinn 2
  • J Forrest 2
  • G Loovens 1
  • S Brown 1
  • E Izaguirre 1
  • S Ki 1

Goals

St Mirren

    • Total goals 37
    • Goals per game 13
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Celtic

    • Total goals 55
    • Goals per game 31
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 81-90 mins

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