Celtic 3-0 St Mirren,Match Report,Pics,Audio,Highlights…………


 

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OFFICIAL MATCH REPORT

Stefan Johansen scored his first goal for Celtic as Neil Lennon’s men took another step towards the Scottish Premiership title by beating St Mirren.

A bullet header topped off another fine performance from the Norway midfielder.Leigh Griffiths and Anthony Stokes netted after the break as St Mirren again failed to score at Celtic Park.

The victory maintains Celtic’s unbeaten home league record and leaves Saints still looking for their first win at Parkhead since 1990.

Neil Lennon’s side remain 24 points clear at the top of the table and, while four more points will secure the championship, they may get the opportunity to secure the title in midweek if Aberdeen lose on Tuesday ahead of Celtic’s visit to Partick Thistle on Wednesday.

St Mirren’s trip to Celtic Park kicked off with half the pitch bathed in sunshine – signs that spring is in the air and the time of year when championships are decided has begun.

Although the league title has been destined for Celtic Park for some considerable time, only the mathematical solution is awaited to ensure the trophy can be housed in the Parkhead boardroom for the third successive season.

Leigh Griffiths scores for Celtic against St Mirren
 
Griffiths netted his fifth goal in seven appearances,St Mirren, though, had an excellent chance to take the lead in the sixth minute. Good play on the left led to the ball reaching Paul McGowan and his shot was turned away by Fraser Forster.
 
 

A corner from Liam Henderson from the left bounced off Virgil van Dijk and flew wide when it looked easier for the Celtic defender to hit the target.The Buddies had a good spell and Jason Naismith was next to see his shot parried by Forster before Steven Thompson missed his kick six yards out and Josh Magennis had an effort blocked.

But Celtic always looked dangerous and they squandered a couple of chances before eventually getting themselves in front.Stokes curled a 20-yard effort wide, a Kris Commons shot went beyond the right-hand post and then Griffiths had the ball in the net only to see the goal disallowed for offside.

Moments later, a combination of Commons’ mis-hit shot and Stokes’ blocked effort created a chance for teenager Henderson, and his shot was cleared away by Sean Kelly.Griffiths then rounded goalkeeper Marian Kello and fired goalwards but Darren McGregor managed to get back to head off the line.

But a minute before the interval, Johansen got the breakthrough. Griffiths picked him out with a cross from the right and the Norway international headed strongly past Kello from 10 yards.Only a win for the Paisley side would have moved them out of 11th place and the play-off spot. But having scored only three goals on their last 20 visits to Celtic Park the statistics were not encouraging.

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Celtic opened the second half positively. A good run by Adam Matthews saw the Welshman pick out Henderson, who drilled a low shot which Kello managed to hold.The home team increased their lead just beyond the hour mark when Griffiths latched on to a Stokes pass to slot a low, right-foot shot past Kello.

Commons came close to adding a third when he turned to watched his shot bounce back off the keeper’s right-hand post. He was quick to react hitting the rebound into the side netting.Griffiths should have scored again but contrived to send a lob over the advancing keeper wide of the post.Van Dijk then thought he had scored but the Dutchman was judged to have been offside.

However, substitute Georgios Samaras set up Stokes to fire Celtic’s third.The hosts were well on top and Teemu Pukki, who had replaced Commons, missed three good opportunities to increase the margin of victory.

Celtic

St Mirren

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Johansen44′ Griffiths 61′ Stokes 90′

Neil Lennon Interview After the 3-0 Win
 
Celtic cruised to another 3 points but again all the good work was done in the 2 nd half off the game ,st mirren had a few moments first half where if had they scored celtic would have realised they have to push to get over the line,now just needing 4 points to seal the title we play partick thistle at firhill on wed night,games against st mirren in recent yrs have been entertaining and this one was the preverbial game off two half ,st mirren better in the first with the hoops sublime in the 2 nd ….
 
The first goal came from johannson a diving header of sheer quality,hes starting to turn in performances that show hes a decent player,with nir biton going to be injured for a few weeks johannson will be important for the run in,the 2nd goal came from new bhoy Griffiths whos now scored 5 goals and is proving why neil lennon wanted him to come to celtic…a neat finish from a stokes pass who is forming a nice partnership with the x hibernian and wolves man,stokes himself tucked away the 3rd on 90 mins and he fully deserved his goal from his efforts in the game…
 
Celtic may have the chance to win the title on wed night if aberdeen slip up on tuesday night away to ross county,its pretty close now and it will be good to get the job done sooner rather than later,neil lennon can then throw some of the younger players in for the final games,liam henderson had another good game yesterday and hes proof again of a good youth setup at the club…
 
as we near the end of another campaign it would be easy to pick one or two players who have stood out this season ..of course chris commons has been fantastic and fraser forrster has been excellent in goals ,but right through the team theres been star performers,ambrose and van dyk have been solid ,while nir biton has been a bit of a revelation,the young israeli has been assured and capable within the team..and has a bright future……………..
 
come wedensday night we could be celebrating 3 in a row ,the big picture is always the league,the cups are bonuses and the champions league a luxury ,so im not dissapointed the title is all we will win this yr,to be honest give me the league championship every yr and that will do,its what is priority yr in yr out ….
 
Hail Hail God Bless
YOULL never walk alone………………….
 
 
 
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THE CELTIC FOOTSOLDIERS MACLAD1888 The blog was setup over 6 years ago its mainly about celtic football club and the great fans ,but olso the wider footballing issues in scotland like Rangers fc deceased 1873-2012-and there piriah club Sevco .... its always developing and its not the finished article theres pages at the top which are works in progress..the core off the blog is fully operational and theres more than enough for people to get through,im always adding stuff.so enjoy it and share...this club off ours is very special its like no other and the celtic family is worldwide hh and god bless YNWA
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