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  • Date:21 Jan 2012
  • Kick-off:12:30
  • Venue:St Mirren Park
  • Attendance:6,129
  • Forrest (70) Brown (87)
Goal!

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92:59 +2.59

Douglas Imrie crosses the ball.

89:25

Shot from deep inside the area by Douglas Imrie clears the crossbar.

88:57

Thomas Rogne is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.

88:11

Unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by David van Zanten results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Kris Commons.

87:17

Scott Brown scores a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. St Mirren 0-2 Celtic.Assist by Kris Commons.

86:56

Corner taken short by Kris Commons.

86:18

James Forrest leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Matthews.

84:44

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

83:47

Douglas Imrie delivers the ball.

83:24

Effort from deep inside the area by Gary Hooper misses to the right of the target.

82:52

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

82:37

Short corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line.

81:40

Foul by Kenny McLean on Scott Brown, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

80:57

(St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Gary Teale coming on for Graham Carey. Aaron Mooy joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Barron.

80:17

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Graham Carey, Lee Mair takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.

80:09

The ball is swung over by David van Zanten, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.

79:57

The ball is swung over by David van Zanten, blocked by Kris Commons.

79:48

The ball is swung over by David van Zanten, clearance made by Thomas Rogne.

79:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Barron by Victor Wanyama. Direct free kick taken by Marc McAusland.

78:00

Shot from long range by Kenny McLean goes over the bar.

76:02

Unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Douglas Imrie results in a free kick. Kris Commons delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Marc McAusland.

75:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by David Barron. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

74:03

David van Zanten crosses the ball, save by Fraser Forster.

73:18

The ball is swung over by Graham Carey, James Forrest gets a block in.

72:53

Foul by Scott Brown on Douglas Imrie, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marc McAusland.

72:02

Effort on goal by David Barron from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

70:53

James Forrest fires in a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Mirren 0-1 Celtic.Assist on the goal came from Scott Brown.

70:07

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar on James Forrest, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Kris Commons from right channel, save by Craig Samson.

69:11

The ball is sent over by James Forrest, Paul McGowan manages to make a clearance.

66:28

Corner taken by Graham Carey played to the near post, clearance made by Anthony Stokes.

65:15

Foul by Du-Ri Cha on Graham Carey, free kick awarded. Du-Ri Cha goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Graham Carey takes the direct free kick.

62:57

Gary Hooper challenges Marc McAusland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.

61:17

Corner taken by Graham Carey played to the near post, Anthony Stokes manages to make a clearance.

61:00

Shot from 12 yards by Douglas Imrie. Save made by Fraser Forster.

59:23

Corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line.

58:42

Corner from left by-line taken by Kris Commons.

58:28

The ball is crossed by Kris Commons, Marc McAusland makes a clearance.

57:02

Kris Commons joins the action as a substitute, replacing Georgios Samaras. Anthony Stokes comes on in place of Sung-Yeung Ki.

55:21

Steven Thompson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

53:35

Paul McGowan challenges Georgios Samaras unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul McGowan booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from left channel.

53:23

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

51:52

David van Zanten takes a shot. Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.

51:46

Steven Thompson crosses the ball, Joe Ledley manages to make a clearance.

51:14

Graham Carey fouled by Sung-Yeung Ki, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Mair takes the free kick.

50:55

Douglas Imrie takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.

50:49

Graham Carey delivers the ball.

50:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Georgios Samaras. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.

47:17

Kenny McLean crosses the ball.

46:39

Paul McGowan fouled by Victor Wanyama, the ref awards a free kick. David Barron restarts play with the free kick.

46:09

Volleyed right-footed shot by Kenny McLean. Save by Fraser Forster.

43:15

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line to the near post, David Barron manages to make a clearance.

42:46

The ball is swung over by James Forrest.

41:00

The ball is sent over by James Forrest.

38:44

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the left by-line to the near post, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.

37:39

Effort on goal by Graham Carey from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

37:34

A cross is delivered by Douglas Imrie, Thomas Rogne manages to make a clearance.

35:52

David van Zanten gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.

34:23

David Barron has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

32:15

Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.

28:32

The ball is swung over by Douglas Imrie.

27:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Steven Thompson. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

26:55

Sung-Yeung Ki gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David van Zanten. Free kick taken by David van Zanten.

26:00

Douglas Imrie takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.

24:53

The offside flag is raised against Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.

23:55

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, save by Craig Samson.

23:48

Du-Ri Cha produces a cross, clearance by Lee Mair.

22:45

The ball is sent over by Du-Ri Cha, Craig Samson makes a save.

22:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul McGowan on Sung-Yeung Ki. Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.

20:26

David Barron challenges Sung-Yeung Ki unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

20:04

The ball is sent over by Douglas Imrie, Steven Thompson takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.

18:49

Charlie Mulgrew takes a corner.

15:50

Joe Ledley sends in a cross, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.

14:19

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sung-Yeung Ki.

14:01

Volleyed right-footed shot by Gary Hooper. Craig Samson makes a save.

13:16

Paul McGowan concedes a free kick for a foul on Sung-Yeung Ki. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the direct free kick.

11:38

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the left by-line, clearance made by Jeroen Tesselaar.

11:14

Shot by Marc McAusland. Save by Fraser Forster.

10:53

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey played to the near post, clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.

10:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeroen Tesselaar by Thomas Rogne. Thomas Rogne goes into the book. Lee Mair restarts play with the free kick.

10:06

The ball is swung over by Du-Ri Cha, Jeroen Tesselaar manages to make a clearance.

9:08

James Forrest concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McGowan. Marc McAusland restarts play with the free kick.

8:00

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the right by-line, Foul by Thomas Rogne on Marc McAusland, free kick awarded. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.

7:46

The ball is delivered by Du-Ri Cha, Jeroen Tesselaar gets a block in.

7:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenny McLean by Scott Brown. Jeroen Tesselaar takes the free kick.

7:00

Centre by Du-Ri Cha, clearance made by Lee Mair.

2:05

The ball is delivered by Scott Brown, Craig Samson makes a comfortable save.

0:19

Unfair challenge on Lee Mair by Gary Hooper results in a free kick. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Lennon looking to halt Celtic run Manager Danny Lennon is looking to bring to an end Celtic`s 11-game winning run in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League when the Hoops visit St Mirren. Included in that impressive streak of form, which has taken Neil Lennon`s side two points clear of Rangers at the top of the table, is a 5-0 win over the Buddies at Parkhead in November. Saints boss Lennon, who confirmed the signing of Dougie Imrie on Friday on a two-and-a-half year deal, praised his Hoops namesake but aims to take three points for the first time since beating Rangers on Christmas Eve. "Celtic have been absolutely terrific and it is a terrific run," said the former Cowdenbeath boss. "They had a stop-start situation at the beginning of the season so Neil Lennon and his staff have to take a great deal of credit for that run and getting to the top of the table. It is fantastic management. "But we hope we can bring it to a halt tomorrow. "Our level of performances have been excellent regardless of the fact that Rangers (on Christmas Eve) was the last SPL game we won. "We have not had the results to go with those performances and that has been disappointing for us. "We feel that whenever we take to the field we have an opportunity and we are certainly in a better position now than when we went to Celtic Park the last time. "We learned a great deal from that game and so hopefully we can put a spanner in Celtic's good run." Meanwhile, Celtic winger James Forrest has reiterated his interest in playing for Team GB in this summer's London 2012 Olympics - but is aware that his club's probable Champions League qualifiers could scupper his hopes. The Scotland man, along with Hoops team-mates Scott Brown and Adam Matthews, were asked by GB coach Stuart Pearce if they would be open to selection for his final squad. However, Neil Lennon's side are likely to be involved in European qualifiers in July when the Olympic soccer competition is under way, which Forrest acknowledged when asked about the issue ahead of the trip to St Mirren. "It has not been decided to be fair, it will be another couple of months," said Forrest, who returns from a virus for the trip to Paisley. "But I am still open to the idea "It is obviously up to the club as well, it depends on whether they have fixtures in July. "The club have said that if I want to play in it then they said I can but if we have fixture then obviously they won't let us go. "There is still a long way to go until then." Forrest aims to help Celtic extend their winning run in the SPL in their lunchtime kick-off in Paisley and go five points clear of Rangers, who play Aberdeen at Ibrox later in the day. "I had a virus the last two weeks but I am back to normal," said Forrest. "I have trained all week and feeling better. "The players have done well the last two games and it is a big squad and it will be hard but hopefully I can (get back into the side). "It is really good run that we are on and we want to build on that. "The earlier kick-off is important if we get the three points and it maybe puts pressure onto them. "But it's down to us to get the three points. "We just concentrate on our own game, that's the most important thing." Defenders Glenn Loovens (hamstring), Mark Wilson (knee), and Daniel Majstorovic (fractured cheekbone) have all recovered from injuries and have trained this week in preparation for the fixture. Celtic fans will be subject to random searches entering the stadium on matchday. A St Mirren official revealed it was normal policy which has been in operation several times this season including before games against Aberdeen, Dundee United, Ayr United and Rangers.

Formation:4141Manager: Danny Lennon

St Mirren

Formation: 442Manager: Neil Lennon

Celtic

  • Craig Samson
  • David van Zanten
  • Marc McAusland
  • Lee Mair
  • Jeroen Tesselaar
  • David Barron
  • Graham Carey
  • Kenny McLean
  • Paul McGowan
  • Douglas Imrie
  • Steven Thompson
  • SUBS
  • Graeme Smith
  • Steven Thomson
  • Hugh Murray
  • Nigel Hasselbaink
  • Aaron Mooy
  • Gary Teale
  • Thomas Reilly

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Match Report

Hoops ease to three points Goals from James Forrest and Scott Brown extended Celtic's winning run in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to 12 games and cemented their position at the top of the table in a 2-0 win at St Mirren.. In a game which was spoiled by the wind, Celtic's best effort in the first half was Gary Hooper's long-distance strike which St Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson saved. Celtic keeper Fraser Forster was forced to make a string of saves, the best being from former Parkhead midfielder Paul McGowan. But in the 71st minute Forrest took a pass from Scott Brown and beat Samson from the edge of the box before the Hoops skipper grabbed number two with three minutes remaining with a great curling shot from outside the box. Hoops boss Neil Lennon made three changes for the trip to Paisley. In came full-back Cha Du-ri, midfielder Ki Sung-yueng and winger Forrest, with Adam Matthews, Emilio Izaguirre and Anthony Stokes dropping to the bench. Buddies' new signing Dougie Imrie, who completed his move from Hamilton yesterday, went straight into Danny Lennon's side with Gary Teale starting as substitute. The swirling wind made good football difficult, but Celtic controlled the game in the early stages with their initial threat coming from Cha down the right-hand side. The first effort on goal, though, came in the 12th minute from St Mirren. Former Celt Graham Carey's corner from the right was met at the back post by unmarked Buddies defender Marc McAusland and his half-volley from 10 yards was straight at Forster. Three minutes later Celtic striker Hooper took a pass from Georgios Samaras and his looping, wind-assisted effort from 35 yards had Saints keeper Samson scrambling to make a fine save for a corner. The Paisley side survived only when Samson made another save after his own stand-in skipper Steven Thompson inadvertently headed towards his own goal. In the 21st minute Thompson came close at the other end when his diving header from an Imrie cross was saved by Forster. St Mirren had worked their way back into the game and in the 38th minute, after Celtic defender Thomas Rogne half-cleared an Imrie cross from the right with his head, Carey's angled-volley from 16 yards sped wide of Forster's left-hand post. Two minutes from the break Forrest's cross from the right skipped off the top of the bar and behind but although there did not appear to be a deflection, referee Crawford Allan awarded a corner which came to nothing. The strong winds showed no signs of subsiding as the second-half began but it was St Mirren who took the early initiative. In the 51st minute Imrie had a left-footed drive smothered by Forster before the Celtic keeper made a great save from former Celtic midfielder McGowan, who redirected David van Zanten's strike towards goal from 10 yards out. Stokes and Kris Commons replaced Samaras and Ki respectively in the 58th minute and moments later, after Rogne got his head to a Commons corner, there was an appeal for a penalty for handball but referee Allan awarded another corner which, again, was defended by the Paisley men. In the 62nd minute, with the game swinging from end to end, Forster made another save from Imrie. Celtic were pressing hard for the opener and it came in the 71st minute from Forrest with his eighth goal of the season. Following a Commons free-kick which was cleared to the edge of the box, Hoops skipper Brown set up the Scotland winger who drove low past Samson into the corner of the net. With nothing to lose St Mirren piled forward and 10 minutes from the break Forster made another good close-range block, this time from Saints defender Lee Mair following a Carey corner. In an exciting finale Hooper shot wide of the target from inside the box as did Imrie at the other end before Brown, with three minutes remaining, took a Commons corner outside the box and curled his shot past Samson to ensure the three points. Rogne then had the ball in the net only to be ruled offside but it was academic to the celebrating Hoops fans.

Form Guide

    DDWDLL
  • St Mirren
  • VS
  • Celtic
  • WWWWWW

Last Meetings

  • Celtic
  • 5 - 0
  • St Mirren
  • 26/11/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

St Mirren

  • S Thompson 6
  • P McGowan 4
  • K McLean 3
  • N Hasselbaink 3
  • G Carey 2
  • S Thomson 1
  • L Mair 1
  • J Goodwin 1
  • M McAusland 1
  • A Mooy 1

Celtic

  • G Hooper 12
  • A Stokes 9
  • S Ki 5
  • J Forrest 5
  • J Ledley 4
  • G Samaras 3
  • C Mulgrew 3
  • V Wanyama 3
  • B El Kaddouri 1
  • D McGeough 1

Goals

St Mirren

    • Total goals 59
    • Goals per game 25
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Celtic

    • Total goals 80
    • Goals per game 46
  • 6 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 9 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 11 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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