Just when Rangers were offering Celtic a life-line in midweek, The Bhoys were committing suicide at Hearts. Not content at being two goals adrift after fifty six minutes, Celtic had a player sent off whereby Rangers were let off the hook.
Team news offers Celtic a chance to minimise the effect of losing Joe Ledley for this encounter as Thomas Rogne returns after his ban kept him out of the match at Tynecastle. St Mirren welcome back Barron, Dargo, Thomson and Robb into the mix, though a cheekbone injury rules Hugh Murray out of contention. Paul McGowan is not allowed to play against his ‘parent club’ on this occasion.
The only positive scenario to emerge from the four recent games involving the ‘Old Firm’ was that Celtic have improved their goal ratio whereby their differential over Rangers has improved to six, though Celtic remain one point adrift of the leaders.
Celtic travel to St Mirren Park with the hosts still smarting from a 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture earlier in the season though to be fair, St Mirren have won two of the last four of these corresponding matches, the last of which resulted in a 4-0 victory over The Bhoys as recently as March this year.
Bearing in mind that Rangers entertain Aberdeen this weekend who Celtic thrashed 9-0, anything less than three points for the visitors here would be catastrophic.
It’s worth noting that Celtic were leading at the interval on the last four occasions that they have beaten St Mirren, whereby the odds of 10/11 quote for the double result in Celtic’s favour should be accommodated. 4/6 elsewhere, Extrabet’s odds should be there for the taking if Celtic are serious about challenging for the title this season.