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Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    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!

  2. 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."

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    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.

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    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.

  5. 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."

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. FULL-TIME

    Celtic 4-1 St Mirren

  8. 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.

  9. 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."

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

  11. Post update

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

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    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."

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    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.

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

  16. 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.

  17. Join the debate #bbcfootscotland

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

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    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."

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    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.

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    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.

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

  22. Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    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.

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    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."

  24. Post update

    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.

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    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."

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

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    Celtic winger James Forrest celebrates his goal
    Image caption: James Forrest scored to put Celtic 2-1 ahead immediately after St Mirren had equalised
  29. 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."

  30. HALF-TIME

    Celtic 3-1 St Mirren

  31. Post update

    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.

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    St Mirren caretaker player-manager Gary Teale
    Image caption: Gary Teale has much to contemplate at Celtic Park with his team poised to be trailing by two goals at the break.
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    St Mirren are having to defend diligently to prevent Celtic stretching their lead further as we approach half-time.

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    Scott Brown celebrates for Celtic
    Image caption: Celtic captain Scott Brown has already scored twice on his return to the starting line-up
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    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."

  36. Post update

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

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    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.

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    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."

  39. Get involved #bbcscotfootball

    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.

  40. Get involved #bbcscotfootball

    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!

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    By the way, St Mirren goalscorer Sean Kelly is one of three changes to the starting line-up since Tommy Craig's last match in charge - a 1-0 defeat at home to St Johnstone.

    The defender has been joined by midfielder Jim Goodwin, back from a three-game suspension, and striker Thomas Reilly in Gary Teale's first selection.

    Midfielder Adam Drury and Stevie Mallan, along with injured defender Jack Baird, are the players who dropped out.

  42. Former Celtic and St Mirren midfielder Billy Stark on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Celtic have been disjointed at the back, but they have all that firepower up front and they look like they can score at will."

  43. Post update

    There were some nervy home supporters after an indifferent start from the hosts. St Mirren had created better chances and slackness in the Celtic ranks was proving a cause for concern in the stands until that double.

  44. GOAL

    Celtic 3-1 St Mirren (Scott Brown)

    James Forrest turns provider this time, setting up Scott Brown for a copy of his finish for the opening goal for Celtic.

  45. GOAL

    Celtic 2-1 St Mirren (James Forrest)

    St Mirren are not on level terms for long as Emilio Izaguirre's cross finds John Guidetti, who shows great composure to set up James Forrest for a fine finish.

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    St Mirren defender Jeroen Tesselaar is on hand to clear after goalkeeper Mark Ridgers in unable to hold a John Guidetti drive.

  47. GOAL

    Celtic 1-1 St Mirren (Sean Kelly)

    What was I saying about the Celtic defence? The ball is played across the face of the home goal by the head of Marc McAusland at the back post, both Steven Thompson and Sean Kelly are on hand to pounce and it appears that the latter got the final touch for St Mirren.

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    Kenny McLean this time does have the ball in the Celtic net from another John McGinn through ball, but the midfielder is ruled offside. St Mirren are behind but certainly seem capable of opening up this home defence, just as Dinamo Zagreb did in midweek.

  49. Post update

    Not a good start for Gary Teale's time as caretaker manager following the dismissal of Tommy Craig. Celtic couldn't have dreamed of a better one and the odds must be on the champions and leaders going on to score a few more.

  50. GOAL

    Celtic 1-0 St Mirren (Scott Brown)

    After that early scare, Celtic ease into the lead as Anthony Stokes' early delivery is slid into the net by captain Scott Brown.

  51. Post update

    John McGinn's through ball gives Kenny McLean a great early chance for St Mirren.

    The midfielder is on his own in front of goal, but the ball bobbles over his foot and the chances is gone. It shouldn't really be an excuse for a professional footballer, but it was his weaker, right, foot.

  52. KICK-OFF

    Craig Thomson's whistle blows at Celtic Park as for the top versus bottom clash.

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    Roddie McVake

    BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

    "The teams emerge from the dressing-room with St Mirren in their change kit of all yellow. That might make it easier to spot each other as it's a gloomy day here in Glasgow's East End."

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    We're a few second away from kick-off at Celtic Park. Hopefully no more power cuts too!

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    That Celtic line-up shows four changes Scott Brown and James Forrest, who were rested for Thursday's Europa League defeat by Dinamo Zagreb, return along with strikers John Guidetti and Anthony Stokes.

    On-loan Manchester City forward Guidetti was, of course, ineligible for the group stage in Europe, while Stokes was on the bench.

    Dropping out are Callum McGregor, Wakaso, Kris Commons and Stefan Scepovic.

  56. Post update

    Former St Mirren midfielder Billy Stark has just admitted he is interested in the manager's vacancy.

    The man who recently left his post as Scotland Under-21 manager told Sportsound: "I am itching to get an opportunity and, any job that comes up, you treat it on its own merits. It is a good job in Scottish football."

    Would his appointment please St Mirren fans considering his record with the likes of Greenock Morton, St Johnstone and Queen's Park?

  57. Get involved #bbcscotfootball

    Give us your thoughts on that surprise news about the possibility of the SFA losing chief executive Stewart Regan.

  58. BREAKING NEWS

    Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan is being considered for the Football Association's top job, BBC Scotland reporter Jim Spence has revealed on Sportsound.

    FA general secretary Alex Horne will leave his post on 30 January after four years in the role down in England.

    The position was advertised last weekend and it has emerged that Regan is already in the frame to replace him.

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    St Mirren warm up at Celtic Park
    Image caption: Celtic Park is only filling up gradually as the teams warm up in Glasgow in this pic supplied by our reporter on the spot, Roddie McVake.
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    Although St Mirren now lie bottom after that draw between Ross County and Motherwell, should they provide a shock win at Celtic Park, they will jump to eighth, ahead of the Steelmen on goal difference.

  61. St Mirren manager Gary Teale on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It's been a bit of a whirlwind, but I'm looking forward to it now.

    "Nobody gives you a hope of a result, but our job is to make sure the players come here with a bit of confidence and a bit of belief.

    "Nobody likes to hear negative comments and we need to use that as a motivation.

    "After today, we have three massive games, especially the next one against Motherwell."

  62. LINE-UPS

    St Mirren: Ridgers, Naismith, Kelly, McAusland, Goodwin, McGinn, McLean, Thompson, Osbourne, Reilly, Tesselaar. Subs: Kello, Marwood, Ball, Drury, Caldwell, Mallan, Morgan.

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    That Celtic line-up means that Kris Commons is back on the bench after having a starting place in midweek.

    In an interview cut short by that power cut, manager Ronny Deila insisted that the decision had nothing to do with the well-publicised contract talks with the midfielder, who is holding out for a longer deal. He says it has more to do with using players for specific games and protecting them against injuries.

  64. LINE-UPS

    Celtic: Gordon; Matthews, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Forrest, Johansen, Stokes; Guidetti. Subs: Zaluska, Scepovic, Commons, Griffiths, Fisher, McGregor, Henderson.

  65. Post update

    Sportsound is back on air following the second power cut at Celtic Park of the afternoon.

  66. Post update

    Celtic are three points clear of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who suffered a 4-0 hammering at home to Partick Thistle yesterday. Meanwhile, St Mirren were dumped to the bottom of the table after Ross County drew 2-2 away to Motherwell to edge a point ahead of the Paisley side.

  67. Post update

    St Mirren go into the game without a win in their last eight outings, while Celtic have won nine straight games in domestic football. So you would be a brave man to back the Buddies for a victory today in Glasgow.

  68. BBC Radio Scotland and Celtic Park power cut

    You can listen to the game on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW. Well, I say that hopefully as a power cut at Celtic Park has already interrupted our coverage twice. With any luck, we'll have contact restored from the stadium soon.

  69. Get involved #bbcscotfootball

    With the management merry-go-round in full swing and the events at Ibrox being in a continual stage of flux, give us your thoughts on the latest events at St Mirren and Rangers, where Ally McCoist handed in his notice on Thursday but still remains in charge.

    Of course, Motherwell were without a manager too until pulling a rabbit out of the hat with the appointment yesterday of the little-known Ian Baraclough. Have Well got the right man again, as they have done in the past?

  70. Post update

    Welcome to today's live coverage of the Scottish Premiership fixture between Celtic and St Mirren. It is top versus bottom at Celtic Park, where the Buddies face their first fixture under caretaker player-manager Gary Teale.