Celtic on This Day – A hat-trick from Nakamura, two from Broony

ON THIS DAY in 2009 Celtic thrashed St Mirren in the SPL by seven goals to nil at Celtic Park then managed to go out of the Scottish Cup to the Buddies shortly afterwards, losing by 1-0 in Paisley.

Few would have seen that shock result coming after a brilliant performance at Celtic Park with the gaols coming from Nakamura, who scored a hat-trick, Crosas, Scott Brown who scored twice and an own goal from Potter.

A crowd of 58,286 were there to enjoy the goal-fest and afterwards manager Gordon Strachan was delighted.

“I enjoyed it today,” Strachan said.

“It started off at a good pace and we moved the ball well.

“We got our midfielders into good areas and caused them a bit of problems.

“Obviously, when they went down to 10 men, it caused problems for St Mirren and we got more space than we would normally get against them.”

The St Mirren boss Gus MacPherson was left licking his wounds.

“It’s always difficult when you come to Celtic Park, but when you go down to 10 men, it makes it doubly harder,” he said.

“To lose a full-back with the experience of Jack Ross, who is probably our most consistent player this season – and a defender coming to Parkhead, makes it very difficult for us.

“We’ll look at the goals again, because I think quite a few of them were individual mistakes – especially the first one.”

The Celtic team on this day in 2009 was Boruc, Hinkel, Caldwell,McManus, Naylor, Nakamura, Crosas, Brown, McGeady, McDonald (Samaras 69), Vennegoor of Hesselink (Hutchinson 77).

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