Celtic had to scrap a bit this afternoon to get all 3 points against St Mirren in a very physical match there were some real hard challenges going in from both teams,the game wasnt a spectacle and Celtic will play much better in games this season,what was pleasing to watch was the fitness and effort of the players from Wakaso,to Brown,to Van Dyk right through the team you can say there all a wee bit sharper,i think Ronnie Deila and John Collins have highlighted the fitness factor a few times and theve been working on improvements in those areas….
Earlier this morning i put a wee mini-pod out suggesting Celtic would get a 2-0 win with John Guidetti scoring both goals well he scored one and had a huge hand in the 2nd so i was pretty close apart from the final score which was actually 2-1,i think again you could see the big swedes worth …such a strong big striker and that’s him scored in the last 2 games ,he had to go off with a knock on 70 mins but i hope he’s fit for the Dynamo Zagreb game on Thurs night …
Chris Commons was missing today through injury and he’s another im hoping makes the game Thurs night,Wakaso came in for Commons today and he did a good job he’s a very pacy winger and he can pass the ball too …apart from a few wayward through balls i think the Celtic fans appreciated his efforts today and that was evident when he was substituted as he was given a warm round of applause ….
I’ve also noticed Ronnie Deila seems to be getting to grips more with his tactics he switched to a 4.4.2 on 60 mins pairing Stokes with Guidetti and it worked well giving the swedish striker a partner to play with..,small things like this you see in a game and its improvement game by game,we go up to 3rd in the table today alough there’s a round of games getting underway as i write so we will have to wait and see where we are end of play today…
We will be back to having a game in hand though so no need to panic,its Hamilton up next at home next sunday…theve been playing well so it should be a decent game,the kick offs been moved to 1pm for the match and hopefully the fans will turn out for that one …..crowds have certainly been down this yr and the old stadium isnt quite the same half full ,with a decent run of results i think the fans will slowly start to regain interest…
I have to say i felt sorry for Craig Gordon today his mistake led to the equalizer and the big fella can’t buy a clean sheet the now,hopefully that will turn round for him soon cause the potential there for him to be a great keeper in the hoops,looking forward to Thurs night if we can build on the draw we got in Austria against red bull Salzburg with preferably a win ,that would put us in a good position in the group…
The season is well and truly up and running now were always slow starters but last 2 games have been better in all round performance and 2 good wins ,lets push on now il take a treble and a Europa cup please hh GOD BLESS...
St Mirren v Celtic Premier League Pre-Match Thoughts 27th Sep 2014
Official Match Report
St Mirren Park, Paisley
Saturday, September 27, 2014
(Guidetti 42, 62)
A JOHN Guidetti double sealed the points for Celtic in today’s lunch-time battle with St Mirren. The Swedish striker netted shortly before half-time and on the hour mark, either side of a Kenny McLean goal, to give the Bhoys the win in what was an end-to-end encounter.The match opened brightly with Celtic using good link-up play on the right wing to create several early chances.
Callum McGregor turned well on the edge of the box to set up Stefan Johansen but his left-footed shot was deflected out from the Saints box.A clever ball over the top of the Buddies backline then found John Guidetti in space but Marian Kello rushed off his line to clear the danger for the home side in a crunching collision with the Swedish striker.
The pattern of the match became clear in the opening minutes with Celtic on the front foot and St Mirren happy to hit the Hoops on the break.They did that to great effect through Thomas Reilly who collected the ball in midfield, broke forward and unleashed a superb strike from 30 yards which crashed off Craig Gordon’s crossbar before being shepherded out of play by the Hoops defence.
It was an early warning sign from the hosts, which Celtic took on board as they focused on closing down the space on the edge of the box quicker.Van Dijk was next to test the Saints’ resolve but his shot on the stretch from an Anthony Stokes free-kick came off the defender’s heel and launched high over the south stand.
Celtic then had a claim for a penalty waved away when Guidetti was challenged strongly in the box but the referee waved play on.St Mirren continued to sit deep which forced the Hoops to play patiently and wait for an opening.An early pass from Guidetti then created that opening and set Mubarak Wakaso sprinting down the left touchline after he broke up a rare St Mirren foray forward.
The Ghanaian winger had Reilly beaten for pace but was brought down as he went past the St Mirren midfielder, which saw referee Craig Thomson bring out the first yellow card of the match.The Hoops continued to press St Mirren and got their reward moments later through the endeavour of Scott Brown.
The Celtic captain burst through the Saints defence on the left of the box and played a low ball into the six-yard box where Guidetti stole half a yard of space from his marker and poked the ball past Kello. It was just reward for the striker’s efforts and put the Bhoys 1-0 up heading into the break.St Mirren replaced Jeroen Tesselaar with Gregg Wylde for the start of the second half but Celtic remained unchanged.
The switch for the home side injected new life into their play as they focused attacks down the Celtic right and won an early corner.Craig Gordon collected the ball easily from the set-piece but his quick throw-out was intercepted and played back into the Celtic box where Kenny McLean finished from close-range to draw his side level.
Wakaso was then booked as he slid in on Kello as the Hoops sought an instant reply.Wylde’s pace tested Celtic again down the St Mirren left flank and the winger left Ambrose in his wake before playing a ball across the box. Callum Ball got a flick to it but Gordon had his near post covered and gathered easily.
The Hoops then switched to a 4-4-2 after Stokes joined Guidetti up front and it was the Swede who scored shortly after to restore the Bhoys’ advantage.The striker won a free-kick on the edge of the St Mirren box after being brought down by Jim Goodwin, who was booked for persistent fouling.
Celtic stayed up the pitch after the set-piece was taken and Stokes played a through ball into the box for his strike partner, which Guidetti collected before firing past Kello with his left.The Swede was then replaced by Stefan Scepovic after signalling a problem with his thigh to the Celtic bench as the Bhoys pushed for another.That left space for St Mirren, however, and Gregg Wylde made a darting run down the Celtic right but his ball into the box was cleared by van Dijk.
James Marwood then made way for Ross Caldwell and Ronny Deila replaced Stokes with Jo Inge Berget shortly after a van Dijk free-kick had skimmed the side netting of St Mirren’s goal.Celtic retained their dominance over proceedings after the switch and went close to getting a third 10 minutes from time but Scott Brown’s shot from outside the box went over the bar, as did an effort from Callum McGregor from the same position.
St Mirren still had confidence they could draw level, however, and committed men forward in search of an equaliser in the closing stages.Wylde, again, was the main architect of their chances and his crosses from the left proved testing for the Celtic defence but van Dijk was on hand on each occasion to clear the danger.
Nir Bitton replaced Wakaso as the Hoops looked to maintain control of the proceedings but the Buddies won a late corner as they pressed for a late goal.Van Dijk was once again dominant in the box and his towering header cleared the danger and helped seal the win for the Bhoys.
CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ambrose, van Dijk, O’Connell, Izaguirre; Brown, Johansen; Wakaso (Bitton 89), McGregor, Stokes (Berget 76); Guidetti (Scepovic 66)
Subs not used: Zaluska, Fisher, Kayal, Tonev.
ST MIRREN (4-5-1) Kello; Naismith, Kelly, McGinn, McLean, Goodwin, Marwood (Caldwell 74), McAusland, Reilly (Morgan 85), Ball, Tesselaar (Wylde 46)
Subs not used: Ridgers, Baird, Brown, Yaqub