At Paisley this afternoon, ST MIRREN v CELTIC, we have an interesting clash between the newly crowned League Cup winners and the SPL champions elect. If football was played on paper this would be a straightforward case of Celtic turning up, playing the game and collecting all three points.
Thankfully, the game is not played in such a manner, The Buddies having famously (or infamously, if you are a Celtic supporter!) dumped Celtic out of the aforementioned League Cup on their way to that eventual victory over Hearts in the final.
Celtic, on the other hand, come into this game on the back of that 4-3 victory over Aberdeen before the international break. As has been well documented, the Celts came back from 3-1 down – after being one up in a matter of seconds – to stage a magnificent comeback. They are now in the position of needing a maximum of seven points from their remaining seven games to retain their SPL title.
For today’s match, which should hopefully be open and entertaining since St Mirren’s SPL survival is virtually assured, Estonian international defender Sander Puri could make his debut for St Mirren. Reilly, Barren and McGregor remain injured.
Celtic, who will form a guard of honour for the Saints, have Brown, Rogne, Forrest and Matthews absent from the squad. Wanyama is back from suspension, however, and both Ledley and Mulgrew are expected to recover from knocks received in their international exploits.
Celtic have three victories over St Mirren this season, including a recent win in the Scottish Cup. Their only defeat was in the previously mentioned League Cup encounter at Hampden. Three points today will bring them ever closer to that second successive SPL title.
Prediction: Celtic to win.