St Mirren 2-0 Celtic: Champions’ 38-game unbeaten run in Scottish Premiership is ended

Celtic’s 364-day unbeaten run within the Scottish Premiership got here to a crashing finish as St Mirren climbed to 3rd within the desk with a deserved 2-0 victory over the champions.

Nearly 12 months to the day because the Hoops’ final league defeat, headers from captain Mark O’Hara (43) and Jonah Ayunga (53) impressed St Mirren to their first house win over Celtic in 12 years and inflicted a primary league loss on the guests in 38 video games.

Celtic have been tasked with responding to Rangers’ victory over Dundee United on Saturday however delivered an abject attacking efficiency as Ange Postecoglou’s facet failed to revive their five-point lead on the high of the Scottish Premiership.

After dropping his final eight matches in opposition to the Glasgow membership, conceding 27 objectives within the course of, it was a maiden victory over Celtic to savour for St Mirren supervisor Stephen Robinson, who sees his facet transfer as much as third, six factors behind Celtic, within the desk.

St Mirren stun Celtic as 38-game unbeaten run ends

A minute’s applause in reminiscence of Queen Elizabeth II was marred by unsavoury chants from sections of the travelling Celtic help, with some followers singing ‘in case you hate the Royal Household clap your arms’ whereas a banner containing the identical phrase might be seen within the away finish.

As soon as the sport bought below means, Celtic had 81 per cent of the possession within the first 45 minutes – probably the most they’ve had within the first half of a Scottish Premiership match since a 5-0 victory over Partick Thistle in 2017 – however did not create something of observe and went in behind on the break.

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Following the 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk within the Champions League on Wednesday evening, Postecoglou rang the adjustments with former Saints participant Aaron Mooy, Anthony Ralston, Stephen Welsh, David Turnbull, Daizen Maeda and Liel Abada coming into the facet, whereas Scott Tanser changed Richard Tait for St Mirren.

Ryan Pressure spearheaded St Mirren’s menace on the counter-attack and the right-back laid on the opener as his luxurious cross discovered captain O’Hara, who ghosted in unmarked on the again put up to plant a forceful header previous Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Postecoglou launched Jota and Reo Hatate on the break in a bid to galvanise the Celtic assault however, after one other defensive lapse, the guests have been two down earlier than they knew it. Curtis Major outmuscled Stephen Welsh to maintain a protracted throw alive, flicking the ball onto Ayunga to go within the second.

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St Mirren’s Jonah Ayunga celebrates scoring to make it 2-0

Giorgos Giakoumakis and Sead Haksabanovic have been introduced on as Celtic turned to their substitutes for inspiration, but it surely was not forthcoming, and St Mirren ought to have put the sport to mattress when O’Hara headed large on 62 minutes.

Moritz Jenz, Giakoumakis and Greg Taylor all pressured saves from goalkeeper Trevor Carson however Celtic’s comeback did not materialise as St Mirren noticed out a well-known and deserved victory to reignite the early title race.

Postecoglou: Staff choice in all probability not proper

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Celtic supervisor Ange Postecoglou reacts to his facet’s shock defeat to St Mirren

Celtic supervisor Ange Postecoglou: “Very first thing, credit score to St Mirren, they labored actually arduous and have been dedicated to their sport plan and made it tough for us. The efficiency immediately wasn’t as much as our ranges and nowhere close to the place it must be.

“From our perspective, we did not carry out in any of the areas we wish to carry out in and have been performing in. There is not something massively constructive we are able to take from immediately, together with staff choice, in all probability wasn’t proper. There are all the time reminders we nonetheless have work to do. Each staff is a possible hurdle.”

Robinson hails ‘excellent’ Major efficiency

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St Mirren supervisor Stephen Robinson salutes his gamers after the victory

St Mirren supervisor Stephen Robinson: “Full credit score to the gamers. The boys are those who do it on the pitch, they’re drained and nonetheless making an attempt to take the tactical info on board in an actual, actual good efficiency from them.

“I believed we have been wonderful to a person, however Curtis Major was excellent. He held the ball up for us, by no means drained within the sport, even on the finish. It isn’t usually I am going to give people mentions, however he deserves one immediately. He offers a lot extra than simply objectives.

“Celtic are a high, high facet. When taking part in them, you want folks to be courageous and come up with the ball. That is probably the most pleasing side of the sport immediately for me, we performed and handed and hit them on the break.”

Man of the Match – Mark O’Hara

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St Mirren duo Mark O’Hara and Jonah Ayunga react to their shock 2-0 win over the champions

“It was snug truly,” stated St Mirren captain and man-of-the-match Mark O’Hara. “It is large. We have labored all week on a sport plan. To see it come off is sensible. All people was up for it, everyone was on it. I ought to’ve scored one other.”

What’s subsequent?

Celtic will return from the worldwide break with a house sport in opposition to Motherwell on October 1. St Mirren host Livingston on the identical day. That match kicks-off at 3pm.



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