Match Preview: St Mirren v Celtic

St Mirren are back in action this evening as we play host to Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Celtic at the Simple Digital Arena.

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The Buddies are looking to build on Saturday's 2-1 win over Dundee that saw Oran Kearney's men come off the bottom of the league.

It was Saints' second win in our last four league matches as we climbed into 11th place for the first time since January.

Saints have won two, drawn two and lost two of our last six league matches, while Celtic have won five of their last six in the league.

They come into tonight's match on the back of extending their lead at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership to 13 points following a 2-1 win over rivals Rangers at Celtic Park on Sunday.

The Hoops are unbeaten domestically in 2019 having won 10 of 11 league matches since the turn of the year. 

Celtic are, however, without a win in four away league matches at newly-promoted opponents. Their last coming in April 2017 when they defeated Rangers 5-1 at Ibrox.

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This will be the third and final meeting of the sides this season. 

The first came in September when Saints hosted Celtic in Paisley in Oran Kearney's first match as Saints gaffer. 

The Buddies picked up a point after a hard-fought 0-0 draw with the Hoops. 

St Mirren then travelled to Glasgow's East End for the first league match of 2019 back in January but were on the end of a 4-0 loss to the league leaders with a double from Oliver Burke added to by goals from Scott Sinclair and Timothy Weah.

Saints' last win over Celtic in the league came at the Simple Digital Arena in March 2010 as the Buddies trounced the Hoops 4-0 thanks to braces from Andy Dorman and Steven Thomson.

WHAT A WIN WOULD MEAN

A win would keep the Buddies in 11th place after Saturday's win over Dundee.

Depending on results elsewhere a win could see us extend our gap over Dundee to five points and move to within one of Hamilton Accies.

A draw for Saints would keep us in 11th providing Dundee don't beat St Johnstone by four goals at McDiarmid Park this evening.

Meanwhile, Celtic are nine points away from guaranteeing an eighth Ladbrokes Premiership title in a row after their win on Sunday and will look to take a step closer to securing the title.

They currently sit 13 points clear of Rangers at the top. Three wins would see them reach 82 points with Rangers only able to make 81 points providing they win their remaining seven league matches this season. 

TEAM NEWS

Danny Rogers, Greg Tansey and Lee Hodson are all still ruled out due to injury and while Kyle Magennis has returned to training, he remains out. 

Celtic are expected to make changes this evening with Dedryck Boyata and Kieran Tierney expected to miss out after picking up injuries at the weekend.