St Mirren 0-4 Celtic: Full Time Reaction & Analysis

Celtic kicked off the second half with a firm grip on the game. The first half had been uneventful and drab, but the Bhoys had got their noses in front and controlled proceedings.

Fans were looking for a little more excitement in the next 45 minutes and hoped to see Neil Lennon’s men add to their tally. Yet it was the hosts who had the better of the chances in the early moments following the restart. Indeed, St Mirren won a free kick on the edge of the box, which they squandered.

READ: St Mirren 0-1 Celtic: Half Time Analysis

Celtic hit back with an attack of their own on 55 minutes, when Tom Rogic laid the ball on a plate for Edouard. The Frenchman was six yards out but, incredibly, failed to convert. That finish was symptomatic of the striker’s performance, who continues to look a shadow of the player that was so revered last season.

Buoyed by that opportunity, Celtic pressed forward and David Turnbull went close with two long range strikes just before the hour mark. We’ve seen him score from those areas before and that threat is a wonderful asset for Neil Lennon to have at his disposal. Turnbull’s efforts were then matched by Rogic, whose driving run almost resulted in a goal when he unleashed a shot from the edge of the area, but the ball drifted just past the far post.

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A dreadful tackle against Stephen Welsh punctuated play in the 64th minute. The young defender was victim to a full set of studs being thrust into his ankle and the presence of the stretcher was a sad sight to witness. Welsh was named man of the match against Motherwell last weekend and appeared to be set for a run in the side, but his injury looks set to put a stop to that.

SEE: Video: Stephen Welsh stretchered off after a nasty tackle from St Mirren’s Jon Obika

Welsh was replaced by Shane Duffy and Ryan Christie came on for Albian Ajeti at the same time. Ajeti had another quiet evening, looking unimpressive and prompting Sky Sports commentator Ian Crocker to suggest that he hasn’t been worth the hefty fee that Celtic paid to sign him.

Action was somewhat dull thereafter, until Greg Taylor was pulled down in the box in the 77th minute. Odsonne Edouard stepped up and powerfully side footed the ball into the left hand corner of the net. The goal was Edouard’s last act, and arguably his first contribution too, as he was replaced by Patryk Klimala.

WATCH: Video: Edouard thunders a penalty home after Greg Taylor is fouled vs St Mirren

Celtic turned the screw after going two ahead. Ryan Christie quickly made it 3-0 with an inch perfect finish after Tom Rogic teed him up.

VIEW: Video: Ryan Christie makes it 3-0 to Celtic with a sumptuous finish in off the post

Then, 40 seconds later David Turnbull latched onto a pass from Christie to keep up his incredible goalscoring record and add a fourth goal from close range.

That late flurry of goals allowed Celtic to cruise to the full time whistle. The performance wasn’t scintillating, but a late show of firepower demonstrated what this team are capable of. The result marks three wins on the spin and two of those have come by the margin of 4-0.

David Turnbull’s continuing presence on the scoresheet gives fans a lot of encouragement, whilst the night is bittersweet with the injury to Stephen Welsh.

Fans were ultimately impressed by the quality on show, particularly with the aforementioned Turnbull, but that enthusiasm was tempered with frustration about the season and how it has unfolded.

Indeed, Chris Sutton reflected that viewpoint with the following Tweet.

Meanwhile, prominent Celtic fan account – Celtic1967 – had this to say:

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up on the English south coast with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were previously sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are now available on Amazon.

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  1. I still theres more to come from Eduardo trying to take on to many players class act kills the ball first touch gets no protection from refs dnt know how much covid had on him