When they take on St. Mirren away from home in the seventh match of the Scottish Premiership season on Sunday, Celtic will be looking to maintain their undefeated start to the season in the Scottish Premiership.
After getting off to a strong start in their defense of the championship with six consecutive victories, the Bhoys come into this match having just played Shakhtar Donetsk to a draw in the Champions League.
Match Preview: St Mirren vs Celtic
St Mirren has struggled under manager Stephen Robinson, losing to Motherwell and Aberdeen (4-1). Richard Tait scored the only goal in a 1-0 Buddies victory over Ross County, while Curtis Main scored twice and Alex Greive scored late against St. Mirren.
Keanu Baccus scored in the sixth minute as Robinson’s squad beat Hibernian 1-0. Nicky Clark scored in the 26th minute, and Drey Wright and Graham Carey completed a 3-0 defeat for the Buddies.
Robinson’s men should be happy with nine points from six games, but they have a tough challenge against the runaway leaders. Celtic won the Scottish Premiership last year and plans to defend it.
In their first four games, they defeated Aberdeen, Ross County, Kilmarnock, and Hearts. Ange Postecoglou’s squad won their fifth straight game by thrashing Dundee United 9-0 on the road.
It was their best road win ever. Jota, Josip Juranovic, and Carl Starfelt scored for Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada.
The Bhoys then triumphed 4-0 over Glasgow rivals Rangers in the opening Old Firm derby of the season to increase their Scottish Premiership lead to five points after just six games. Abada, Jota, and David Turnbull scored.
Celtic hosted Real Madrid in the Champions League last week. After a 3-0 setback and the postponement of weekend fixtures, they traveled to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.
Artem Bondarenko’s own goal put the Bhoys up early, but the hosts equalized before halftime. Postecoglou’s team will now concentrate on their title defense and try to win seven straight league games to expand their lead over the Rangers and the chasing group.
Team News: St Mirren vs Celtic
After losing their last league game by a score of 3-0, St. Mirren may decide to make lineup changes for Sunday’s game. Joe Shaughnessy might start at center back, while Scott Tanser and Ryan Flynn are other candidates to get playing time.
It seems likely that Curtis Main will once again start up front, with Alex Greive, Eamonn Brophy, and the lately favored Jonah Ayunga vying for the number two slot in a 3-5-2 formation.
Celtic will travel to Shakhtar Donetsk with Kyogo Furuhashi back in the starting lineup after the Japanese striker missed time with an injury suffered against Rangers. Furuhashi has scored six goals in six league games for Celtic this season.
The winger Liel Abada has scored six goals in the league and should start with the Portuguese prodigy Jota in the front three. However, Daizen Maida and Giorgos Giakoumakis are also contending for starting roles.
Midfielders Callum McGregor and Reo Hatate will all return, with Matt O’Riley, Aaron Mooy, and David Turnbull all likely competing for the other spot. Summer addition Moritz Jenz has just joined Cameron Carter-Vickers in the center of the back four.
- A Hypothetical Opening Day Roster for St. Mirren: Carson; Gallagher, Shaughnessy, Dunne; Strain, Baccus, O’Hara, Erhahon, Tanser; Main, Ayunga.
- Potential Celtic Starting XI: Hart, Juranovic, Jenz, Carter-Vickers, Taylor, Hatate, McGregor, O’Riley, Abada, Furuhashi, Jota.
Our Prediction: St Mirren 0-3 Celtic
The Bhoys have been fearsome in Scotland’s first division therefore far this season, and we can not see St Mirren derailing their pristine record. Instead, we predict that Postecoglou’s side will pick up another comprehensive win.
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