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St Mirren 1-2 Celtic

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland
  • Guidetti double gives Celtic all three points
  • St Mirren score first home league goal of season
  • Celtic win ahead of Dinamo Zagreb's Europa League visit

A John Guidetti double gave Celtic a hard-fought victory at St Mirren Park.

The on-loan Manchester City forward, 22, was credited with the opening goal after a scramble in the penalty box involving St Mirren's Jim Goodwin.

However, Kenny McLean fired into an empty net to level early in the second half after team-mate Jason Naismith had been denied by goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

Marian Kello was unable to keep out a near-post shot by Guidetti and Celtic held their lead on this occasion.

The Swede, who had netted his first Celtic goal in Wednesday's Scottish League Cup win over Hearts, is ineligible for Thursday's Europa League Group D meeting with Dinamo Zagreb as his loan move had not been finalised in time for Uefa's deadline.

Guidetti's eventful week
The Swede made his full Celtic debut against Motherwell last Sunday
His first goal arrived three days later in the cup win over Hearts
Breaking his Premiership duck helped secure Saturday's win over St Mirren

However, in Paisley, the Sweden international strengthened his case to be the central striker in Ronny Deila's desired three-pronged attack.

The pace and forcefulness of Celtic's early approach may have led the home fans to believe they were in for a long 90 minutes, but it was St Mirren who carved out the first real chance.

McLean won the ball in midfield and squared for Thomas Reilly, whose dipping shot from 30 yards rattled the crossbar with Gordon beaten.

That effort appeared to inspire the Buddies in their quest for a first league goal at St Mirren Park this term and there was much more confidence in their play for the remainder of the first half.

Celtic's play lacked the fluency that had secured their midweek win and, save for an Anthony Stokes dipping shot wide from the left, Deila's side were fairly inactive in the final third.

Guidetti got beyond St Mirren's defence on the half-hour mark but Jeroen Tesselaar slid in superbly to send the ball out.

And, although the Swede may not have made the final touch on Celtic's opener, his presence in the six-yard box following Scott Brown's low cross was crucial.

Kello made an initial save after Goodwin got a challenge in on Guidetti, but the ball ricocheted back into the net off a combination of the two tackling players.

St Mirren's goal stats
The Buddies netted their first league goal in the 2-1 loss to Kilmarnock on 13 SeptemberCallum Ball and Kenny McLean netted in their first league win over Partick Thistle on 19 September
McLean's leveller in the 2-1 defeat by Celtic was St Mirren's first home league goal this seasonOverall, The Buddies have scored six goals in their nine matches in all competitions this term

Having finally started to impose themselves, Celtic surrendered their lead cheaply at the start of the second half.

Gordon threw the ball straight to Sean Kelly, who released John McGinn on St Mirren's left.

Naismith diverted McGinn's low centre towards goal and, although Gordon blocked well, McLean was on hand to convert the rebound.

The leveller, though fortuitous, was merited, but Tommy Craig's men allowed Celtic to take control in the final half-hour, with Guidetti again at the forefront.

The striker latched on to Stokes' reverse pass and struck through the grasp of Kello, who may have done better.

And the visitors had chances to add to their lead, with Virgil van Dijk bending a free-kick wide and Callum McGregor shooting too high from open play.

Celtic take the lead against St Mirren
A scramble in the box resulted in the opening goal
John Guidetti celebrates after Celtic take the lead for St Mirren
Guidetti was credited with the goal
Kenny McLean scores for St Mirren against Celtic
McLean was well placed to draw St Mirren level
Celtic manager Ronny Deila and captain Scott Brown
Deila and captain Brown had to re-group in order to get Celtic ahead again
John Guidetti celebrates after scoring for Celtic against St Mirren
There was no debate about who had scored Celtic's second goal


St Mirren

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 28Kello
  • 2Naismith
  • 6GoodwinBooked at 62mins
  • 4McAusland
  • 22TesselaarSubstituted forWyldeat 46'minutes
  • 14ReillyBooked at 39minsSubstituted forMorganat 86'minutes
  • 8McLean
  • 7McGinn
  • 3Kelly
  • 10MarwoodSubstituted forCaldwellat 75'minutes
  • 16Ball


  • 11Wylde
  • 12Ridgers
  • 18Yaqub
  • 19Brown
  • 29Caldwell
  • 30Baird
  • 34Morgan


Formation 4-4-2

  • 26Gordon
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5van Dijk
  • 34O'Connell
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 32WakasoBooked at 51minsSubstituted forBittonat 89'minutes
  • 8Brown
  • 25Johansen
  • 42McGregor
  • 9GuidettiSubstituted forScepovicat 66'minutes
  • 10StokesSubstituted forBergetat 77'minutes


  • 6Bitton
  • 12Scepovic
  • 16Berget
  • 24Zaluska
  • 27Tonev
  • 33Kayal
  • 41Fisher
Craig Thomson

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Celtic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Mirren 1, Celtic 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

  5. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Nir Bitton replaces Mubarak Wakaso.

  7. Post update

    Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Lewis Morgan replaces Thomas Reilly.

  10. Post update

    Gregg Wylde (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Kenny McLean (St. Mirren).

  13. Post update

    Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren).

  15. Post update

    Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  17. Post update

    Callum Ball (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Eoghan O'Connell (Celtic).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Jo Inge Berget replaces Anthony Stokes.