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All the action from Paisley as Neil Lennon’s side look to close the gap at the top.

Celtic visit St Mirren for the first of their makeup fixtures but the shadow of coronavirus still looms large over the fixture.

Boli Bolingoli’s ill-advised trip to Spain saw this fixture rescheduled, with Neil Lennon ‘s side denied permission to play by the Scottish Government.

That’s allowed Rangers to open up a six point lead over last season’s champions, who also have a game in hand against Aberdeen to play.

They’ll hope to cut the deficit to three tonight, and Celtic are in good form following a 5-0 win over Ross County at the weekend.

Lennon has almost a full squad to choose from, with Leigh Griffiths and Tom Rogic the only notable absentees.

The same cannot be said for Jim Goodwin, with COVID-19 playing havoc with even the rescheduled match.

St Mirren have seen three goalkeepers forced to isolate, with Zdenek Zlamal arriving on an emergency loan from Hearts.

However fellow Czech Peter Urminsky is back in contention tonight after being given the all-clear in his latest test.

That means coach Jamie Langfield will not have to take a place on the bench for this evening’s fixture.

Duffy and Forrest have turned things around after Erwin’s opener in the first five minutes.

The striker does well to come back to the ball but his header from 18 yards out was never going to be on target.

This type of game with his back to goal doesn’t suit the Polish striker but he keeps trying to make a difference.

But Celtic clear and are back on the counter attack but Erhahon does well to cut out Forrest’s through ball to Edouard.

McCarthy heads on target but the St Mirren players roar for a penalty for a handball on Duffy.

Better this from the hosts as Morais wins a corner as they look for a leveller before the break.

Great ball in from Christie and Forrest is on hand to head home from six yards out.

Celtic are pressing so high and that means St Mirren have no option but to lob it long and that’s easy for the Hoops as they have three against one at the back.

St Mirren really need to ride this storm as the visitors grow in confidence with each passing minute,

They are moving the ball at real pace and Edouard is becoming increasingly involved with each passing minute.

A cheeky chip from McGregor into Christie almost comes off but it’s another sign that the visitors are starting to take charge.

Brilliant header from six yards out from the Irishman as he gets his side level.

He spoke about emulating Bobo Balde and that’s another imposing goal as he bullied the St Mirren backline to head home.

Really good ball from Forrest to the backpost and Edouard muscles a half yard of space but nods wide of the post

Celtic are way below their best so far but their main man can make it happen in an instance.

Ajer is starting to motor and he is happy to carry the ball from the back.

The Israeli international coughs up possession to Erwin but Ajer does well to clear the clipped ball to the back post.

St Mirren are buoyed by that early goal and Celtic’s slow build-up play is suiting them perfectly.

You can debate about 3-5-2 or 4-3-3 all day long but Celtic having four players within five yards of each other on the edge of the St Mirren box and that is never going to work.

Taylor, for all his endeavour, isn’t blessed with searing pace to beat his man so with St Mirren sitting deep, the wing back is turning back into traffic and that is leaving things muddled.

Celtic continue to pass and probe but not miuch is happening as Kilmala gets a glance on McGregor’s teasing cross.

The Hearts loanee was under the cosh against Hibs but outwith Ajer’s effort that ended up well wide he hasn’t had anything to do.

His manager will hope that continues in what is likely to be the emergency loanee’s final appearance for the Buddies.

St Mirren aren’t camped outside their box either, they are doing a decent job of pressing Celtic, and in particular Brown, high up the pitch.

Edouard is denied as his cute through ball to Forrest is a yard too heavy.

That’s summed up with Morais chasing back to clear Forrest’s overcooked cross with Taylor up his back looking to rob him of the ball.

Goodwin loves these style of games with his side under siege and they have something to hold onto as well,

Celtic are straight back down to work as they go in search for a quick-fire equaliser.

Shaugnessey grabs a flick on and Erwin does well to sort his feet and find the bottom corner.

What a moment that is for St Mirren as they grab a shock lead after their well worked corner.

The big Englishman struggled for goals with Ross County but he’s down to business with the Buddies.

Tempo, tempo, tempo is being barked from the sidelines and Celtic are happy to move the ball at pace.

One touches is the order of the day but Taylor cannot find Edouard as he fluffs his cross.

Duffy is playing in the heart of the back three with Jullien on the bench.

The big Irishman is already setting the agenda in the backline as he dishes out the orders.

We’re almost ready for kick-off as St Mirren go in search of a shock league win over Celtic.

Neil Lennon has made four changes but won’t be thinking about coming up short for a minute.

It’s set to be a good one and you can follow all the action with us.

Jim Goodwin is adamant he has no regrets over his SPFL blast but admits he wants to move on ahead of tonight’s clash with Celtic.

I think I’ve made my point clear and I probably shouldn’t still be talking about it on Wednesday night before this game, but I stand by everything I said.

I think the SPFL could have done more to help us, I don’t think any team should be made to bring a goalkeeper in 90 minutes before kick-off and introduce him to his team-mates.

I don’t see how it would have been too big an issue to move the game from the Saturday to even the Sunday.

I don’t think anybody could have had too many complaints about that, it would have given us 24 hours to integrate Bobby Zlamal into the group.

That wasn’t the case and we’ve now just got to move on and deal with it. I hope the SPFL learn from that and if any other team is in a similar situation to us, where they’re whole goalkeeping department is out with COVID they wouldn’t be expected to play the game.

Neil Lennon admits he’s looking for Celtic to work at a pace against St Mirren.

And the Hoops boss admits he wasn’t entirely satisfied with Saturday’s 5-0 win over Ross County.

We’ve got players ready to play, so it’s just a question of balancing the squad this week.

A famous football saying is “there’s a player there”, and it’s usually uttered when the man in question is up against it.

Patryk Klimala’s introduction into Scottish football hasn’t been seamless but there’s no doubt the £3m striker has something about him.

Yes, he’s probably better suited to a team that specialises in the counter attack and his finishing needs some work but there’s signs that he is starting to emerge.

You only have to back to Saturday to see what Klimala is about as he scored 90 seconds after a fluffing his lines from two yards out.

Jim. Goodwin has made his opinions on the SFA abundantly clear but a call to Neil Doncaster before kick-off is probably unlikely.

St Mirren are at their best when they are suffocating the opponent and the pre-season top six talks has probably done them more harm than good.

You can never be certain but it appears that’s the formation of choice once again for Neil Lennon.

Elhamed would appear an obvious choice to replace Jullien and James Forrest will just be switching wings to facilitate returning Greg Taylor.

Ryan Christie will likely play the role Olivier Ntcham specialised in at the weekend and Patryk Klimala starts in place of Albian Ajeti.

Jim Goodwin continues with Bobby Zlamal in goal with little option amid his goalkeeping dilemma.

Patryk Klimala, Ryan Christie, Hatem Elhamed and Greg Taylor all start as Neil Lennon makes four changes from the side that beat Ross County 5-0 on Saturday.

Scott Brown has given new boy Shane Duffy his stamp of approval and the Celtic captain is sure he will show critics he’s got more to his game than just brute force.

The big defender fell out of favour at Brighton after boss Graeme Potter opted for players more comfortable playing out from the back in the Premier League which has prompted some to examine the defenders suitability for the Hoop’s style.

The midfielder also explained how Duffy helped his game with direct communication and leadership mentality on the pitch during the 5-0 win over Ross County.

It’s great for the lads getting their debuts and Shane is very aggressive in the air.

He knows if it goes in there he has always got a chance by being direct and physical.

He’s fantastic and he’s a leader. He’s talks on the park and you can hear everything that he says, and it’s great for me playing in front of him.


SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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