Uk news 3 talking points as James Forrest sees Celtic past dogged St Mirren MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - It wasn't a vintage performance from the champions but they got the job done in Paisley.

Uk news 3 talking points as James Forrest sees Celtic past dogged St Mirren MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - It wasn't a vintage performance from the champions but they got the job done in Paisley.

Uk news  3 talking points as James Forrest sees Celtic past dogged St Mirren MetiNews.Com
16 September 2020 - 20:40

Breaking News ! Celtic got the job done in Paisley as they closed the gap on Rangers to three points, but it was a largely uninspired performance. Neil Lennon's men fell behind to an early Lee Erwin strike, but Shane Duffy headed home from a free-kick to get them back on terms. James Forrest got what proved to be the winner before the half was out, but while the visitors dominated possession they couldn't find a third to put the game to bed. Odsonne Edouard spurned an opportunity from the spot but it didn't prove costly as the champions won the first of their two games in hand. Lennon had opted to make changes, with Patryk Klimala replacing Albian Ajeti up-front while Hatem Elhamed came in for Christopher Jullien at the other end of the park. Celtic were in imperious form as they dispatched Ross County 5-0 at the weekend, but it was the hosts who took a shock early lead. Read More Related Articles St Mirren 1 Celtic 2 LIVE score as Odsonne Edouard misses penalty and Jim Goodwin's throws men forward A Jamie McGrath corner from the right was flicked on at the near post by Joe Shaughnessy, and the defending from the champions was non-existent. Erwin was left in acres of space at the back post and even had time to take an uncertain first touch before bundling it over the line. (Image: SNS Group) Bad defending on set pieces wasn't limited to the visitors though, and Jim Goodwin would have been fuming with the manner of the Celtic equaliser. Ryan Christie whipped in a free-kick from the right and Duffy was left unmarked to head home his second goal in as many games. The champions looked to turn the screw, with Callum McGregor testing Zdenek Zlamal with a low strike from range. Saints couldn't hold out until the break, and once again it was poor defending that let them down. Christie's cross from deep was a beautiful one, but James Forrest was afforded far too much space to head his side in front. (Image: PA) Zlamal was playing his second and, in all probability, final game for St Mirren and the Czech kept his side in touching distance with a smart save from Odsonne Edouard just after the break. The striker got his free-kick up and over the wall, but the loanee was alert to get down and beat it away. The game was lacking in any sort of tempo, with Celtic dominating the ball without troubling Zlamal too often. Lennon looked to shake things up with the introduction of Albian Ajeti, but it was his strike partner who should have put it to bed. Christie was instrumental again as he got the wrong side of McGrath, and when the Saints man bundled him to the floor there was only one outcome. Edouard stepped up to take the penalty but his kick was far too casual and Zlamal ensured he missed from the spot for the first time in his professional career.

. Saints made a change of their own with the powerful Jon Obika replacing Junior Morias, but his first involvement was to scuff a shot weakly into the arms of Barkas. 3 talking points Set piece yin and yang (Image: SNS Group)   Celtic look like being a real threat from set pieces this season - but they could be a threat to themselves at the other end. Shane Duffy grabbed his second goal in as many games since joining from Brighton, getting on the end of Ryan Christie's free-kick. With the towering presences of Hatem Elhamed, Kris Ajer and Christopher Jullien all options at the back Lennon's men can expect to have plenty of joy from attacking dead balls this season. However, the Celtic boss will have been concerned with the manner in which his side conceded the opening goal. A simple near post flick on a corner undid his defence, with Lee Erwin given all the time in the world to turn home. It was only the third goal Celtic have conceded this season, but much like the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock the concession was a daft one and the visitors didn't look comfortable on dead balls all night. Lennon will need to ensure such lapses don't continue into the rest of the season. Positive performance for Saints (Image: SNS Group)   Even at home a clash with Celtic is very much of the "anything we get is a bonus" variety for St Mirren. They may not have come away with anything on the night, but there were positives to take for the hosts. Goodwin's men looked to get at Celtic when they could and caused some hairy moments in the opposition backline. Their defending for both goals left a lot to be desired, but this wasn't a simple backs to the wall job of the kind we saw against Glasgow's big two last season. It's early days but on this evidence Saints fans can hope for a more comfortable campaign than the ones they've watched in the last two seasons. Klimala headscratcher (Image: SNS Group)   When the team lines came out Lennon's decision to start with Patryk Klimala partnering Edouard looked a strange one. The Pole has qualities - he's fast and hard working - but never looks comfortable playing against a packed defence. The Celtic boss sees his players in training and perhaps Klimala's showings at Lennoxtown earned him a chance, but this never looked like a game for him and so it proved. The 22-year-old struggled to get into the game, and it was no surprise when he was hooked for Albian Ajeti in the second half. Klimala is not the finished article and any time he can get more than an hour under his belt will be a bonus for his development but this one never looked suited to his skillset.

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