Celtic 5-0 Saints
Report of match 26th November 2011
Reporter Stuart Gillespie
Saints three game unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt this afternoon as they were thrashed by Celtic - with things made even worse by the fact Georgios Samaras started the rout after just three minutes.
When you play as openly as we do, there is rarely any middle ground when you go to the Old Firm. It either works - like it did at Ibrox - or it doesn't and you get thrashed, like today. Narrow defeats don't really seem to come into it.
Danny Lennon said he had a few surprises in store for his namesake and certainly didn't disappoint, Steven Thompson being dropped to the bench. With Steven Thomson also out, it meant starts for Illias Haddad and Gary Teale - Graham Carey on the bench, where he was joined by the fit again Aaron Mooy.
When you play one of the Old Firm, you need to keep things tight for the opening 20 minutes or but we displayed some terrific passing in the opening few minutes. Marc McAusland - so solid in recent weeks - took a fresh air swipe at the ball and Samaras nipped in to score.
We were 2-0 down five minutes later when Anthony Stokes set up Gary Hooper for the first of many. Thankfully, we stemmed the tide after that and didn't concede any more goals until half-time.
Thompson was introduced at the break as we tried to get into things but it was 4-0 before the hour mark, Hooper grabbing a couple of goals to complete his hat-trick after good play with Stokes. A fine solo goal from sub Dylan McGeoch completed a bad afternoon.
A bit of a disaster all round then and the biggest defeat under Lennon - ironically days after he signed a new deal. Hardly a surprise though coming at Parkhead and we must bounce back against Inverness Caley Thistle next week.
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|Competition: Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier Date: Saturday, 26th November 2011 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Parkhead|
Hooper 8, 53, 57
|5 - 0||St. Mirren
|88||Gary Hooper (McCourt 74)|
|49||James Forrest (McGeouch 64)|
|9||Georgios Samaras (Bangura 75)|
|14||Mohamed Bangura (Samaras 75)|
|20||Patrick McCourt (Hooper 74)|
|46||Dylan McGeouch (Forrest 64)|
|4||Badr El Kaddouri|
|2||David van Zanten (Barron 56)|
|24||Ilias Haddad (Carey 69)|
|21||Gary Teale (Thompson 46)|
|23||Graham Carey (Haddad 69)|
|9||Steve Thompson (Teale 46)|
|3||David Barron (van Zanten 56)|
|Celtic cards shown|
|71 mins||Glenn Loovens||Dissent|
|74 mins||Georgios Samaras||Unsporting behaviour|
|St. Mirren cards shown|
|74 mins||Paul McGowan||Unsporting behaviour|