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Celtic's Anthony Stokes (right) celebrates his goal with team mate Stefan Johansen

Celtic's Anthony Stokes (right) celebrates his goal with team mate Stefan Johansen

Celtic's Anthony Stokes (right) celebrates his goal with team mate Stefan Johansen

Scott Bown believes that the SPFL title is Celtic's to lose.

The Hoops skipper missed out on the 4-3 Europa League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in midweek but scored twice yesterday as Ronny Deila's side beat St Mirren 4-1.

After losing 1-0 at home to Hamilton Accies in September Celtic have won eight consecutive matches in the SPFL to establish a six point lead going into the festive programme.

"On this form it's going to be hard for anyone to catch us, we are playing well and looking hard to beat," Brown said. "The manager wants us to pass the ball and move so that we can attack teams. It's working well and things are building up, we are starting to find our form.

"Overall it was a good attacking performance from the team, we were disappointed to lose a goal but kept playing and passing and took some of our chances. It's good to create chances, if we do that we have the players to score goals."

Brown (below) opened the scoring for Celtic in the fourth minute but St Mirren equalised through Sean Kelly six minutes later.

That set-back spurred Celtic on with James Forrest and Brown scoring in the 15th and 18th minutes before Anthony Stokes completed the scoring in the second half with his eighth goal of the season.

An injury to John Guidetti was about the only set-back for Deila but with a rare free week the Swedish striker is expected to be fit for next Sunday's trip to Dundee United.

Guidetti has scored 11 goals since joining at the end of the September transfer window with Deila revealing that further talks are planned to make the transfer permanent.

"There has been some movement on Guidetti," the Celtic boss revealed. "Hopefully that's encouraging. If it wasn't, I don't think he'd want to meet us, so it's positive.

"There is no problem with his club Manchester City, it's now about getting the player on board."

On Saturday Adam Rooney scored twice as Aberdeen won 2-0 away to Dundee United while new Motherwell manager, and former Sligo chief, Ian Baraclough told the club website that there's no reason why the club can't win the SPFL.


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