Celtic recorded their third win on the bounce with an emphatic 4-0 victory over St Mirren at the Paisley 2021 Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The win sees Celtic avenge the 2-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of St Mirren just 11 days earlier at Celtic Park and cut Rangers’ lead at the SPFL summit to 18 points.
Tom Rogic gave Celtic the lead after a quarter of an hour, cutting inside from the right flank and bending a low effort past Jan Alnwick in the St Mirren goal – his 40th goal for the club.
St Mirren were largely scrappy in possession in the first half, and saw their most promising attack of the opening 45 on the stroke of half time. On loan Everton man Jonjoe Kenny was on hand to make a last ditch tackle and deny Dylan Connolly.
Celtic almost doubled their advantage 10 minutes into the second half, Rogic and Odsonne Edouard combining well, before the latter saw his close range effort tipped around the post by the outstretched foot of Alnwick.
Celtic doubled their advantage 11 minutes from time, Edouard converting from the penalty spot after Greg Taylor had been tripped by Ryan Flynn.
Substitute Ryan Christie put the game to bed in the 82nd minute with a fabulous curling finish, and he then turned provider as David Turnbull added a fourth moments later.
The victory marks the first time that Celtic have beaten a current top half side since a 3-0 victory over Hibernian on 27 September. Between the win over Hibs and Wednesday evening’s victory, they had taken five points from the last 21 available against Rangers, Hibs, Aberdeen, Livingston, and St Mirren.
The win reduces Rangers’ lead at the top of the SPFL to 18 points, after Steven Gerrard’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom club Hamilton on Sunday. Celtic also have a game in hand over their rivals.
Neil Lennon’s side are back in action on Sunday when they travel to St Johnstone.