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Summary

  1. Celtic stretch their Premiership lead to six points
  2. St Mirren lose first match under caretaker Gary Teale
  3. Scott Brown scores twice for Celtic
  4. St Mirren remain bottom behind Ross County

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Thanks very much for your company this afternoon for what was a convincing win for Celtic that improves their position at the top and leaves St Mirren rooted to the bottom and still looking for a new manager. With a barren winter midweek fixture wise, you'll have to wait until next weekend to join us for more live coverage of the Scottish Premiership. Enjoy your Xmas shopping in the meantime!

St Mirren manager Gary Teale on BBC Radio Scotland

"In a nutshell, it could have been better, could have been worse.

"We missed chances at one end, but Mark Ridgers was excellent in goal and Celtic were a bit wasteful.

"Celtic are a quality side and they could have scored a lot more.

"We will go back to the drawing board and look to a massive game next week against Motherwell.

"It is huge whether it is me in charge or someone else coming in as we need to get up the league."

For Celtic fans concerned about John Guidetti, manager Ronny Deila was playing down fears that he came off with anything more than a minor injury.

He also laughed off the suggestion that the on-loan Manchester City striker had caused the damage himself when he kicked a post in frustration after missing a chance before being substituted.

Ronny Deila was insisting there that leaving Kris Commons on the bench had nothing to do with the lack of agreement on a contract extension for the midfielder.

Commons did not even come off the bench, but the Celtic manager also claimed that bringing on Liam Henderson instead was about giving the 18-year-old more first-team experience when the game was already won.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila on BBC Radio Scotland

"We created a lot of chances. Started a little bit slow, but the end of the first half was very good.

"We scored three goals and could have scored a lot more before half time.

"Three points, four goals and top of the league. I am happy at that.

"We have been working on keeping going for 90 minutes and I think it is going the right way."

Celtic stretch their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to six points after what was a comfortable win. St Mirren remain bottom, one point behind Ross County after the Dingwall side's draw away to third-bottom Motherwell.

FULL-TIME

Celtic 4-1 St Mirren

HITS THE WOODWORK

Stefan Scepovic is inching closer to a goal and, after the Celtic striker stretches to make contact at the back post, his effort comes off the inside of the post but runs clear.

Former Celtic and St Mirren midfielder Billy Stark on Sportsound

"For St Mirren there are bigger games in the coming weeks that are considered winnable. This one, nobody expected them to get anything and at least they have kept going and kept at it."

Celtic substitute Stefan Scepovic squanders another chance, the Serb firing just wide after a fine through ball from Stefan Johansen.

John McGinn fires wide after Kenny McLean failed to connect as St Mirren continue to look for a way back into the game.

Roddie McVake

BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

"Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon could be wrapping up his Christmas presents in between the sticks, so quiet has he been for most of this second half."

Scott Brown is thwarted in his attempt to complete a hat-trick, the Celtic midfielder being left injured in a collision with his own team-mate, Efe Ambrose.

Former Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura greets the fans
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Shunsuke Nakamura greeted the fans as he made his first appearance at Celtic Park since leaving the club in 2009

Celtic striker Stefan Scepovic stabs the ball with the outside of his foot but misses the target. The Serb will be disappointed not to have made his mark after coming on as a substitute there.

GOAL

Celtic 4-1 St Mirren (Anthony Stokes)

Anthony Stokes pounces to surely put the points beyond St Mirren after a mistake by Marc McAusland, the defender having lost possession following a pass from goalkeeper Mark Ridgers.

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Board67: "What do St Mirren players have to do to get a booking here?" Somebody obviously not happy with some challenges from the visitors.

Roddie McVake

BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

"Whatever the future holds for Kris Commons, he remains a big hit with the Celtic fans and they are showing their appreciation as the midfielder warms up behind the goal."

Stefan Scepovic comes on for the injured John Guidetti and spectacular first touch from 35 yards forces St Mirren goalkeeper Mark Ridgers to scamper back to save the striker's lobbed effort.

St Mirren goalkeeper Mark Ridgers spreads himself well to block an effort from Stefan Johansen after the midfielder had played a nice one-two with Scott Brown on the edge of the penalty box.

Anthony Stokes heads just wide as Celtic continue to dominate and look to extend their two-goal lead after the break.

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bringthemonjpn: "Gary Teale warming up his subs...he might need to come on himself. That's how bad it looks at the moment." Unfortunately for St Mirren, the former Scotland winger has dropped himself - because he thinks caretaker management is a big enough job in itself.

MBEHAN: "Ambrose is an accident waiting at any time. Such a weak link." Fortunately for the Celtic defender, it is events at the other end of the pitch that are dominating.

Roddie McVake

BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

"The Celtic fans are belting out their version of 'Last Christmas' by Wham. In it, they give their hearts to manager Ronny Deila. Very festive but not sure what messrs Michael and Ridgeley would make of it."

We're back under way at Celtic Park, where the home side have made a change at half-time, with Callum McGregor replacing goalscorer James Forrest. There's no news about whether that is because of another injury for the Scotland winger who has struggled for fitness for some months.

Roddie McVake

BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

"The biggest cheer of the day so far erupts as former Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura is welcomed on to the pitch at half time to carry out the half-time draw. He remains a hugely popular figure among the home fans. The Japanese midfielder was quite a player."

Sean Kelly (centre) celebrates his goal for St Mirren
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Sean Kelly (centre) had equalised for St Mirren to make the score 1-1 on his return to the starting line-up

Roddie McVake

BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

"It's 3-1 at half time here at Celtic Park, but it's hard to see St Mirren staying within two goals of the champions in the second half. With James Forrest raiding down the right and Anthony Stokes doing likewise on the left, Ronny Deila's side are offering a threat every time they cross the halfway line. St Mirren had chances, particularly in the opening minutes, but that seems a long time ago now. Much to do for Gary Teale at the interval."

Celtic winger James Forrest celebrates his goal
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James Forrest scored to put Celtic 2-1 ahead immediately after St Mirren had equalised

BBC Radio Scotland Sportsound reporter Chick Young

"St Mirren have been trying to be positive and get forward. Celtic have played some terrific football at times, but Kenny McLean, just after I was singing his praises, missed a glorious chance to put St Mirren ahead at the start."

HALF-TIME

Celtic 3-1 St Mirren

Stefan Johansen drags a shot wide after being set up by John Guidetti and then the striker himself forces a fine save from St Mirren goalkeeper Mark Ridgers.

St Mirren caretaker player-manager Gary Teale
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Gary Teale has much to contemplate at Celtic Park with his team poised to be trailing by two goals at the break.

St Mirren are having to defend diligently to prevent Celtic stretching their lead further as we approach half-time.

Scott Brown celebrates for Celtic
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Celtic captain Scott Brown has already scored twice on his return to the starting line-up

Roddie McVake

BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

"Gary Teale has his subs warming up. It could be he's already seen enough from some of the players who were handed starts today."

A glancing header from Nir Bitton flashes wide from a corner as Celtic again threaten to extend their lead.

Stefan Johansen fires a first-time shot at the St Mirren goal, but Mark Ridgers is well positioned to hold comfortably the Celtic midfielder's effort.

Roddie McVake

BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

"The home fans are a lot happier now with their heroes banishing some early slackness in their play to dominate against a St Mirren outfit who are struggling to get near their hosts. Gary Teale will already be forming his half-time team-talk, knowing it'll have to be a good one."

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Stephen Hay: "This could be 15-9 with how good the Celtic attack is and how bad the Celtic defence is."

Dougie Robertson: "So if Coisty goes, who do we trust?" Maybe the Rangers board will put their hands up and say "us" in answer to that one.

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Jamie Lumsden: "Regan leaving is great news and Doncaster should start job-hunting too. What have either of them done for Scottish football?" Answers on a postcard, or better still, a tweet. Hoping to hear from the SFA chief executive or Scottish Professional Football League counterpart Neil Doncaster who would no doubt list a host of achievements of course!