Not a game we will remember at the end of the season but 3 points and an ugly 3 points at that. When you are not playing at your full potential but can grind a win out that is a good sign. We all know there is much work still needing done by Ronny, he has two Right backs due to be fit this week in Matthews and Lustig, Forrest we don’t know, Denayer not fit today as well as Commons. With Griffiths not in the final match squad we know we have players coming back
The first half was scrappy and very little came our way in chances, St Mirren hit the bar early on but apart from that they never really threatened much in the 1st half. Celtic had a lot of the ball but St Mirren doubled up at full back and we struggled to get width. We had a long shot from Stokes a cross to the back post Van Dijk couldn’t get to quick enough, the possession in the 1st half was 65% Celtic but it was hard to see it that way as we created very little.
We were all looking at the time and getting ready for our half time pie when a superb move gave Celtic a 1-0 lead right on half time, Scott Brown was played in wide stand side he hammered a cross 2 yards from goal, Guidetti threw himself at the ball, Sky TV said it looked like a Goodwin own goal, at half time they showed it a few times, I paused it and watched a few times, the ball hit Guidetti’s knee on the way past the keeper, it was confirmed as a Guidetti goal after the game, either way, half time and 1-0 Celtic
The second half was 50/50 possession and 5 minutes in St Mirren made it 1-1. A cross in by the Saints and Gordon came and caught it, he then threw the ball to a breaking Wakaso the ball held up on the grass, played wide, cross in and shot brilliant save by Gordon but there was McLean the only player alive to hammer it home, a self inflicted goal but with it being early in the half we had time to make up for it.
20 minutes into the second half Celtic got our 2nd goal, and a bit of praise for Ronny here, he moved Stokes up beside Guidetti and within 5 minutes it worked. Brown played the ball to Stokes 22 yards out near the edge of the box, he took a touch and a disguised pass almost behind him landed right at the feet of Guidetti who stayed calm to hammer home for his 3rd goal in two games.
Van Dijk had a free kick inches past the post, Berget came on for Stokes with around 10 minutes to go. Wakaso had a decent game but I look at him running and think he would be better played behind a striker. Nir Bitton for Mubarak Wakaso was the last change for Celtic on 88 minutes to eat up time and it worked, final whistle and we headed back home with 3 points
We all want to see great play and expansive football every game but the sign of a decent side is one that wins while not playing at peak game. Today was an ugly win, we take the 3 points and look forward to Thursday and Dinamo Zagreb at a 20:05 kick off
The 2 goals thanks to @CelticGoals
Till then, enjoy your weekend, the win and 3 points
TCNLiveblog Man of the Match : Guidetti for his goal and commitment to always chase nothing balls and never give in, just heard he has been credited with the 1st goal, so 2 goals today