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  • Scottish Premier League
  • 15 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Celtic Park
CelticCelticvSt MirrenSt Mirren
2
  • Wanyama, 15
  • Hooper, 83
0

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Match ends, Celtic 2, St Mirren 0.

90+5 mins:Second Half ends, Celtic 2, St Mirren 0.

90+3 mins:Foul by Victor Wanyama (Celtic).

90+3 mins:Dougie Imrie (St Mirren) wins a free kick.

90+3 mins:Attempt saved. Gary Hooper (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

90+2 mins:Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

90+2 mins:Victor Wanyama (Celtic) wins a free kick.

88 mins:Offside, St Mirren. Lewis Guy tries a through ball, but Lewis Guy is caught offside.

85 mins:Substitution, Celtic. Patrick McCourt replaces Biram Kayal.

83 mins:Goal! Celtic 2, St Mirren 0. Gary Hooper (Celtic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the top left corner. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew with a cross.

83 mins:Corner, Celtic.

82 mins:Substitution, St Mirren. Lewis Guy replaces John Robertson.

81 mins:Corner, Celtic.

81 mins:Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

80 mins:Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

79 mins:James Goodwin (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79 mins:Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

79 mins:Gary Hooper (Celtic) wins a free kick.

76 mins:Substitution, Celtic. Lassad replaces Georgios Samaras.

74 mins:Substitution, St Mirren. Sam Parkin replaces Steve Thompson.

74 mins:Attempt missed. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

73 mins:Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

73 mins:Adam Matthews (Celtic) wins a free kick.

72 mins:Substitution, Celtic. Emilio Izaguirre replaces Efe Ambrose.

72 mins:Attempt missed. Gary Teale (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

72 mins:Corner, St Mirren.

69 mins:Attempt blocked. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67 mins:Attempt saved. John McGinn (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

64 mins:Mikael Lustig (Celtic) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew.

63 mins:Corner, Celtic.

62 mins:Attempt saved. Victor Wanyama (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

60 mins:Corner, Celtic.

60 mins:Corner, Celtic.

60 mins:Attempt blocked. Biram Kayal (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57 mins:Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

54 mins:Offside, Celtic. Victor Wanyama tries a through ball, but Victor Wanyama is caught offside.

53 mins:Foul by Gary Teale (St Mirren).

53 mins:Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick.

51 mins:Attempt saved. Gary Hooper (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is saved.

49 mins:Foul by Dougie Imrie (St Mirren).

49 mins:Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick.

49 mins:Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

47 mins:Offside, St Mirren. Dougie Imrie tries a through ball, but Dougie Imrie is caught offside.

47 mins:Foul by Steve Thompson (St Mirren).

47 mins:Victor Wanyama (Celtic) wins a free kick.

Second Half begins Celtic 1, St Mirren 0.

45+1 mins:First Half ends, Celtic 1, St Mirren 0.

45 mins:Corner, Celtic.

41 mins:Corner, Celtic.

41 mins:Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

39 mins:Corner, Celtic.

38 mins:Attempt missed. Efe Ambrose (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew.

37 mins:Corner, Celtic.

37 mins:Foul by Dougie Imrie (St Mirren).

37 mins:Adam Matthews (Celtic) wins a free kick.

32 mins:Foul by Biram Kayal (Celtic).

32 mins:James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick.

31 mins:Attempt saved. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

28 mins:Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

28 mins:Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick.

27 mins:Attempt missed. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

23 mins:Corner, Celtic.

15 mins:Goal! Celtic 1, St Mirren 0. Victor Wanyama (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew.

15 mins:Corner, Celtic.

8 mins:Corner, Celtic.

6 mins:Attempt missed. Adam Matthews (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

4 mins:Corner, Celtic.

4 mins:Corner, Celtic.

3 mins:Corner, St Mirren.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • Scottish Premier League
  • 15 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Celtic Park
CelticCelticvSt MirrenSt Mirren
2
  • Wanyama, 15
  • Hooper, 83
0

match report

Goals from Victor Wanyama and Gary Hooper either side of the break gave Celtic a 2-0 SPL home win over St Mirren on Saturday.

In the 15th minute of a one-sided first-half peppered by Hoops penalty appeals, none of which were given, midfielder Wanyama opened the scoring at the second attempt following a Charlie Mulgrew corner.

Saints showed resilience if nothing else as they withstood a constant Celtic procession towards their goal but seven minutes from time, they succumbed again when former Scunthorpe forward Hooper struck from close range, following another Mulgrew corner.

The Buddies' last victory at Celtic Park was in 1990 and since taking over the St Mirren hotseat in 2010, Danny Lennon has failed to manage a point or even a goal against the champions and earlier in the season the Hoops strolled to a 5-0 victory in Paisley.

Thus, there was no surprise that Celtic emerged victors but it should have been a more convincing scoreline.

Celtic started in determined mood and in the fifth minute, following a Mulgrew corner, there was a penalty appeal amid Wanyama's header and Efe Ambrose's subsequent shot but referee Calum Murray ignored the pleas, perhaps blinded by the sheer number of Saints defenders in the box.

The official took more stick from the Hoops fans when he ignored a further penalty claim when it looked like an Adam Matthews cross from the byline might have hit a Buddies arm and also when he judged Saints skipper Jim Goodwin and defender Paul Dummett had not sandwiched Hooper in the box.

However, moments later that was all forgotten when Wanyama knocked the ball in from close range after his header from a trademark Mulgrew corner had been spilled by Saints keeper Craig Samson.

In the 26th minute, as the home side continued to monopolise possession, striker Georgios Samaras sent a shot from the edge of the box wide of the far post, before the Greek's low drive from 25 yards moments later drew a decent save from Samson.

Celtic should have doubled their lead in the 51st minute when Samaras' cross from the byline to the back post allowed Hooper to set up Scott Brown, whose point-blank header was blocked by Samson, with the Hoops skipper taking a bang in the face for his troubles.

Despite Celtic's reticence in front of goal, the visitors still looked unlikely to level but the home support held its breath during a rare away break in the 66th minute when midfielder John McGinn's left-footed drive had keeper Fraser Forster scrambling down to his left to save.

The home side kept pressing for the second goal and in the 79th minute, after Goodwin was booked for a foul on Hooper 30 yards from goal, Mulgrew sent his curling free-kick over the wall but just past the post.

However, Hooper made sure of the points when he was in the right place to flick in after Mulgrew's corner had landed at his feet a couple of yards out after coming off Marc McAusland.

There was still time for Samson to make another save from Hooper down at his right-hand post but by that time the destination of the points were more than certain.

team line-up

1Fraser Forster
23Mikael Lustig
2Adam Matthews
4Efe Ambrose72
21Charlie Mulgrew
6Kelvin Wilson
33Biram Kayal85
67Victor Wanyama
8Scott Brown
9Georgios Samaras76
88Gary Hooper

substitutes

20Patrick McCourt85
7Miku
24Lukasz Zaluska
3Emilio Izaguirre72
11Lassad76
25Thomas Rogne
32Tony Watt

referee

Calum Murray

team line-up

1Craig Samson
2David van Zanten
3Paul Dummett
14Marc McAusland
17Kenny McLean
6James Goodwin
8John Robertson82
21Gary Teale
7Dougie Imrie
9Steve Thompson74
29John McGinn

substitutes

20Thomas Reilly
19Sam Parkin74
23David Barron
11Graham Carey
12Chris Smith
27Lewis Guy82
10Paul McGowan

referee

Calum Murray

match stats

possession %6435
shots on target61
shots off target72
corners142
tackles won00
offsides12