Tuesday 20 March 2018

Mowbray fends off speculation over Parkhead future after Saints shocker

St Mirren 4
Celtic 0

Ronnie Esplin

LOWLY St Mirren effectively ended Celtic's faint hopes of catching runaway leaders Rangers in their Scottish Premier League clash at the new St Mirren Park.

Tony Mowbray refused to discuss his future despite suffering his 13th defeat of the season as Celtic boss. When asked about his own position, he replied: "I don't think I want to get into that tonight. I don't think it's a pertinent question.

"I think the fans will be disappointed at the scoreline, but the reasons were positive reasons and hopefully the supporters will understand the reasons."

A brace of goals each from Andy Dorman and Steven Thomson piled on the agony for Mowbray's Hoops, who will now look to the Scottish Cup as their only possible source of silverware after a disastrous season.

Celtic showed promise early on. Georgios Samaras struck the post and team-mate Robbie Keane had a couple of shots saved by Paul Gallacher. However, in the 38th minute, and against the run of play, St Mirren took the lead. Dorman fired them ahead from just inside the box when the ball fell kindly.

Celtic survived a penalty claim early in the second half when Samaras appeared to use his hand to control the ball in the box.

Then there was more drama in the 58th minute when Saints sensationally doubled their lead.

Craig Dargo robbed Thompson down the left, played a one-two with billy Mehmet then shaped to shoot before setting up Steven Thomson to rifle home.

Celtic brought on Marc-Antoine Fortune for Ki sung-Yong and the pressure intensified, but St Mirren held out and Dorman and Thomson put the icing on the cake for the home side with a second goal each.

Irish Independent

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