Celtic experienced an off day as they dropped points at Kilmarnock, lacking imagination going forwards and struggling to penetrate a well-drilled defensive unit.
However, it’s hard to imagine them failing to bounce back here, especially when considering St. Mirren come into this one off the back of a 3-0 defeat away at Rangers.
Jim Goodwin’s side struggled to even get out of their half for the entire opening 45, with Jon Obika isolated up front and we doubt he’ll get much more support hosting the champions.
They struggled for output last term with the lowest goals tally in the division, though held the joint-best defensive record amongst the bottom half of the table and they’ll no doubt be looking to rely upon a sturdy rearguard to keep them safe from the drop once again this season.
Celtic To Win To Nil
The Saints have only managed a solitary goal in 12 winless clashes with the Old Firm duo since returning to the Premiership, though they have at least kept things tight in home games as all three occasions where they conceded more than twice came on their travels.
They did however lose all but one of the 12 matches, so the result should be a formality and the win to nil looks a very tasty price.
Neil Lennon’s team aren’t without their defensive deficiencies, with just one clean sheet in their last six games now, but that was in fact their last encounter with St. Mirren where they ran out 5-0 winners in March.
They should keep another shutout here, with St. Mirren managing just two goals from six outings in all competitions since late February.
Given St. Mirren have trailed at both half time and full time in seven of their past nine against the Old Firm duo, we’d expect Celtic to recover from their last result early on here.
Indeed, the Hoops have been ahead at both half time and full time in 22 of 32 games since the start of last season, including seven of the past 11 away from home.
St. Mirren finished ninth and 11th in the two seasons since returning to this level, but against bottom-four finishers, Celtic won all 12 matches last term and led at the break in 10 of these.