Saturday November 26, 2011 Day 16 Finished Celtic Park

Celtic 5 - 0 St. Mirren

  • Samaras 4’
  • Hooper 8’, 53’, 57’
  • McGeough 72’

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  1. Celtic smash St Mirren

    Celtic smash St Mirren

    A Gary Hooper hat-trick helped Celtic thrash St Mirren 5-0 and move within four points of SPL leaders Rangers. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Celtic
    • St. Mirren
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    • 90+2 McCourt tries to create himself a shooting opportunity but he has to play it wide - the referee brings the match to a conclusion and Celtic are four points behind Rangers.
    • 90+1 Kayal calls for a penalty as his effort is blocked. Big shout but Steven McLean is having none of it.
    • 90' Matthews finds McGeough who shifts it to the right but his cut-back is cleared.
    • 88' McGowan finds Thompson and his effort takes a slight nick off a Celtic defender for a corner. Carey's delivery was good but Thompson went a split second too soon and the ball is just behind him.
    • 86' That stat - along with the scoreline - flatters Celtic a small bit. They will run out winners and fairly so but they have not had it all their own way. St Mirren played some good football but really struggled to create in the final third.
    • 84' It actually looks like Forster will go through this match without actually making a save.
    • 82' Hasselbaink, who has put so much effort and industry into a performance that has come to very little, wins a free-kick from Bangura. Carey hits the corner flag - pretty much sums up a dour day for the visitors.
    • 80' Kayal gets his technique all wrong as he came on to a square ball. Chance gone but the home crowd care little.
    • 77' The noise is deafening at Celtic Park. This performance is a real statement of intent from Celtic.
    • 75' Samaras is now replaced. Bangura on. Celtic cruising.
    • 73' Hooper is off to rapturous reception from the home crowd. McCourt on.
    • 72' GOAAL!! And what a goal. McGeough wins the ball inside his own half, breaks forward and skips past two St Mirren players before firing an unstoppable effort past Samson. What a goal for 5-0.
    • 69' Tesselaar makes a good break down the wing but McGowan makes a hash of his cut back - he slipped just as he was to strike it.
    • 68' Carey on for Haddad, who has faded as the game has worn on.
    • 66' Majstorovic finds Stokes with a switch of play, Stokes lays-off to McGeough who gets it to Wanyama but his effort is blocked and Celtic have a corner.
    • 64' McGeough replaces Forrest for a debut appearance at Celtic Park - what an ideal time to come on.
    • 63' That tactical switch by Danny Lennon looks to have backfired spectacularly as the visitors look overrun in the middle of the pitch - as it is effectively a four-on-three scenario.
    • 61' The Saints move the ball well to McLean but his cross sails over the bar. Poor.
    • 59' The visitors have gone a little flat here.
    • 57' GOOOAL!!! 4-0.Hooper flicks it to Forrest on the edge of the box, he returns the ball via a St Mirren leg and Hooper, bearing down on Samson, lifts it over the keeper to complete his hat-trick.
    • 56' Van Zanten replaced by Barron for the visitors.
    • 55' Kayal gives the ball away cheaply in the middle of the pitch - which has been a recurring theme of this match - and McGowan strides forward before firing over from distance.
    • 55' That will be that then.
    • 53' GOAAAL!! Wanyama finds Stokes down the channel, who beats McAusland and fires the ball across the box to Hooper, who with his back to goal, swivels and slots past Samson to effectively end the contest. 3-0.
    • 51' Clichés are made for games like this: the next goal is so, so important!!
    • 50' Kayal with a snapshot following a return pass from Stokes but there's no real power on it and Samson claims.
    • 49' Thompson down the middle now with Hasselbaink on the left and McGowan supporting from the right.
    • - Steven Thompson is on for Gary Teale as St Mirren look for that goal.
    • 47' Stokes flicks on Samaras' flick on and Hooper is bearing down on Samson. The keeper manages to push it wide. Great save. Could have been all over there.
    • 46' A blast of Steven McLean's whiste gets the second half underway.
    • - Celtic are in at the break with a two goal advantage but if St Mirren can get the final ball right then the second half will be far from comfortable.
    • 45' And there is no added time in the first half.
    • 44' St Mirren break and Tesselaar slips a ball behind the home side's defence but McGowan had gone a split second too soon and is adjudged offside.
    • 42' Ledley, who has been quiet for much of the half having been instrumental in both of Celtic's goals, has a half-chance blocked. The visiting defence look to pass it out but after a moment's hesitation - and panic - the ball is leathered clear.
    • 40' Looks almost as if both sides have settled for half-time now with both keepers going long in close succession.
    • 38' St Mirren are having a lot of the ball but with the pace of the match having lulled, St Mirren are rarely threatening the home side's advantage.
    • 36' Haddad concedes possession again in the heat of the midfield battle but Celtic are wasteful in attack with a pretty aimless ball forward there.
    • 34' Hasselbaink works the channels well but Loovens is there and clears for a throw.
    • 33' Haddad cheaply concedes possession to Kayal, who slides the ball through to Stokes. He finishes but the assistant referee's flag prematurely bring his celebrations to an end.
    • 31' Another poor ball into the box is claimed by Forster.
    • 30' Samaras has held the ball up superbly and he takes a free-kick on his chest before working it back to Majstorovic.
    • 28' For all the possession that the visitors are now enjoying, Celtic look very comfortable. The final ball is just not there at the moment. This time it is Teale, whose attempted switch of play drifts out of play.
    • 26' St Mirren are keeping the ball well again now - but Hasselbaink strays offside as Tesselaar looks to sneak a ball in behind the home side's defence.
    • 24' Celtic come again but an uncertain touch from Stokes sees St Mirren recycle it and break with Hasselbaink but his cross is straight into the hands of Forster.
    • 22' Teale has been St Mirren's stand out player thus far but Wanyama manages to muscle him off the ball this time. A goal for St Mirren here and the whole complexion of the match changes - having said that Samaras makes a superb break down the right but his cross is blocked for a corner. He has been imperious so far. Wanyama heads the corner over.
    • 20' Loovens is at full stretch to head Teale's cross out for a corner. Again the corner is too close to Forster, who finds Forrest with a quick throw, he cuts inside his man and shoots from twenty-five yards or so. Just over.
    • 18' Forrest gets on the end of a Samaras cross but Samson manages to clear with his legs. Celtic are finding it all too easy at the moment.
    • 16' Having recovered from the shock of conceding two goals in the first ten minutes, the visitors look a touch more composed now as they work the ball from left to right. Hasselbaink works a yard but his effort is charged down for a corner, which is too close to Forster.
    • 14' Forrest skips past a couple of flailing Saints' legs before crossing. The cross lacks direction but Mair and McAusland make a hash of a pretty rudimentary clearance and Celtic have a corner. The Saints regroup and defend it well.
    • 12' This one is being played at a ferocious pace - and it is suiting Celtic.
    • 11' Celtic are really stretching their visitors now, but Ledley wastes a good crossing opportunity - with time and space he manages to loft the ball over the crossbar.
    • 8' GOOOAL!! Hooper's tenth of the season makes it two. Good combination between Ledley and Samaras finds Stokes who drills it across goal for Hooper to tap in from a yard out. 2-0.
    • 6' With the fraught nature of Celtic's win over Dunfermline, today was a real opportunity for the Saints to put some pressure on the hosts, and having started brightly, this game could be a real struggle.
    • 4' GOAL!! Against the run of play. Horrific mistake by McAusland as he attempts to clear Ledley's return pass to Samaras on the edge of the box. Samaras is clean through on Samson and although the keeper gets a hand to it the ball trickles over the line.
    • 3' Having said that, the Saints have dominated the opening exchanges. Celtic doing all the chasing with St Mirren dictating the play.
    • 2' It will be interesting to see how St Mirren shape up today considering their main attacking threat, Steven Thompson, finds himself on the bench. Nigel Hasselbaink doesn't suit the direct game usually favoured by Danny Lennon.
    • 1' McLean gets the match underway. St Mirren - in their changed strip, which is predominantly red - kick us off. Celtic in the traditional hoops.
    • 14:55 The referee for today's fixture is Steven McLean.
    • 14:50 Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Majstorovic, Loovens, Ledley, Forrest, Kayal, Wanyama, Samaras, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, El Kaddouri, Bangura, Ki, McCourt, Blackman, McGeough. /// St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, Mair, McAusland, Tesselaar, McLean, Goodwin, Haddad, Teale, McGowan, Hasselbaink. Subs: Smith, Barron, Thompson, McKee, Mooy, McShane, Carey.
    • 14:45 Having recovered from a stress fracture of his back, Aaron Mooy returns to the St Mirren squad for the trip to Celtic Park but the visitors are still without long-term absentees Hugh Murray and Darren McGregor.
    • 14:40 Kris Commons, who picked up a thigh injury during the midweek win against Dunfermline, joins Charlie Mulgrew on the sidelines, who misses out due to a family bereavement. Glenn Loovens and striker Mohamed Bangura are back in contention for a starting place.
    • 14:35 His counterpart, Danny Lennon, was afforded the opportunity to concentrate on the job in hand: "My main focus is finishing the job we set out to do here. The objectives haven't changed - we want to establish ourselves and break into the top six. I've always been open about saying survival is our main aim. But it can't be the sole ambition if we want to progress." Team news up next.
    • 14:30 With those issues put to bed, the home faithful will be hopeful that the Bhoys can begin to claw back that pretty hefty deficit at the top of the table.
    • 14:25 But Neil Lennon has spent much of the week dealing with internal politics regarding contract talks with Scott Brown and a mooted return of Gordon Strachan to the club. Lennon's thoughts: "I was surprised that it (the Strachan story) came out this week because it was done and dusted eight or nine weeks ago. And then we had the Scott Brown story that we are forcing him out which is complete nonsense. It is a good contract, a lengthy contract and it shows our commitment to him."
    • 14:20 Celtic moved to within seven points of SPL leaders Rangers with a fraught 2-1 win over Dunfermline on Wednesday and can further close the gap on the Gers - who face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park at 12.45pm on Sunday - with victory over fifth-placed St Mirren. SPL table.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to eurosport.yahoo’s LIVE text commentary of the Scottish Premier League clash between Celtic and St Mirren from Celtic Park.
  • Summary

    • 72' GOAAL!! And what a goal. McGeough wins the ball inside his own half, breaks forward and skips past two St Mirren players before firing an unstoppable effort past Samson. What a goal for 5-0.
    • 66' Majstorovic finds Stokes with a switch of play, Stokes lays-off to McGeough who gets it to Wanyama but his effort is blocked and Celtic have a corner.
    • 57' GOOOAL!!! 4-0.Hooper flicks it to Forrest on the edge of the box, he returns the ball via a St Mirren leg and Hooper, bearing down on Samson, lifts it over the keeper to complete his hat-trick.
    • 55' Kayal gives the ball away cheaply in the middle of the pitch - which has been a recurring theme of this match - and McGowan strides forward before firing over from distance.
    • 53' GOAAAL!! Wanyama finds Stokes down the channel, who beats McAusland and fires the ball across the box to Hooper, who with his back to goal, swivels and slots past Samson to effectively end the contest. 3-0.
    • 50' Kayal with a snapshot following a return pass from Stokes but there's no real power on it and Samson claims.
    • 47' Stokes flicks on Samaras' flick on and Hooper is bearing down on Samson. The keeper manages to push it wide. Great save. Could have been all over there.
    • 22' Teale has been St Mirren's stand out player thus far but Wanyama manages to muscle him off the ball this time. A goal for St Mirren here and the whole complexion of the match changes - having said that Samaras makes a superb break down the right but his cross is blocked for a corner. He has been imperious so far. Wanyama heads the corner over.
    • 8' GOOOAL!! Hooper's tenth of the season makes it two. Good combination between Ledley and Samaras finds Stokes who drills it across goal for Hooper to tap in from a yard out. 2-0.
    • 4' GOAL!! Against the run of play. Horrific mistake by McAusland as he attempts to clear Ledley's return pass to Samaras on the edge of the box. Samaras is clean through on Samson and although the keeper gets a hand to it the ball trickles over the line.
    • 14:50 Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Majstorovic, Loovens, Ledley, Forrest, Kayal, Wanyama, Samaras, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, El Kaddouri, Bangura, Ki, McCourt, Blackman, McGeough. /// St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, Mair, McAusland, Tesselaar, McLean, Goodwin, Haddad, Teale, McGowan, Hasselbaink. Subs: Smith, Barron, Thompson, McKee, Mooy, McShane, Carey.

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