Celtic close in on their eight consecutive Scottish Premiership title beating a staunch St Mirren side on Wednesday night.
Striker Timothy Weah, son of legend George Weah, opened the scoring after 14 minutes and began what should have been a fairly routine victory over relegation-threatened St Mirren. However, it was anything but.
Olivier Ntcham had an opportunity to put the game out of sight when Celtic were awarded a penalty on the half-hour mark when midfielder Kellerman bizarrely handled the ball from Izaguirre’s cross. The Frenchman stepped up but was unable to convert firing a lackadaisical effort at Buddies ‘keeper Hladky.
The goalkeeper was on hand again just past the halftime whistle to deny Olivier Burke converting from 12 yards before his side came close to capitalising on the visitors’ wastefulness in front of goal on a few occasions. The most prominent of which coming in the 52nd minute when Cooke fired a curling shot towards goals, though Bain was equal to it pushing the ball just around the post.
St Mirren had an opportunity from the subsequent corner but Haiti international Nazon missing his header when arriving at the back.
A quickly taken freekick nearly caught the Hoops dozing with Nazon finding space in his opponent’s area again, but Bain was equal to it.
Christie arrived in place of the disappointing Ntcham and looked the liveliest of those on the pitch; his goal after 85 minutes giving Celtic that much-needed cushion to see out the remainder of the game.
Certainly wasn’t a trademark performance from Celtic, but it got the job done and that’s all that matters. Timothy Weah was particularly impressive on the day, however.
Deployed on the left, but not limited to winger duties, Weah found himself in a number of dangerous positions throughout the game and his efforts were rewarded with the opener. Indeed, St Mirren’s Corbu, whom he caused problems for all night, will have been delighted when he saw Weah leaving to be replaced by Edouard.
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