St Mirren vs Celtic Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

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Scott Brown remains an ever-present for Celtic | Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

After a truly bizarre year, things continue to get weirder in Scotland as Celtic aren’t top of the Scottish Premiership.

Okay, so they’ve only played five games compared to Rangers’ seven and could go top if they win their remaining two but currently, they sit in third place.

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A shock exit from the Champions League for Celtic this year | Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Following their recent embarrassment in the Champions League qualifiers, the Bhoys will be determined to close the gap on their Glasgow rivals, and could do so in their next outing at St Mirren.

Here’s 90min’s preview of the game.

When Is Kick Off? Wednesday 16 September
What Time Is Kick Off? 19:45 (BST)
Where Is it Played? St Mirren Park
TV Channel/Live Stream? St Mirren TV (PPV)

Celtic are without defensive midfielder Nir Bitton and winger Mikey Johnston, but could welcome back Leigh Griffiths and Tom Rogic into the squad after recent injury concerns.

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Celtic will be hoping Leigh Griffiths is fit | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

St Mirren have signed Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal on an emergency loan from Hearts after their three first-team shot-stoppers; Jak Alnwick, Dean Lyness, and Peter Urminsky all tested positive for coronavirus.

Goalkeeping coach Jamie Langfield has also been registered by the club, just in case.

St Mirren: Zlamal; Fraser, McCarthy, Shaughnessy, Tait; Foley, MacPherson; McAllister, McGrath, Durmus; Obika

Celtic: Barkas; Ajer, Jullien, Duffy; Brown, McGregor, Ntcham, Forrest, Frimpong; Edouard, Ajeti

Celtic appear to have recovered from their shock Champions League exit at the hands of Hungarian side Ferencvárosi TC – they have played twice since then, scoring eight goals to no reply.

In Odsonne Edouard and Albian Ajeti, they have a forward line capable of wreaking havoc and both players currently average less than 90 minutes per goal scored this season.

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Edouard has been lethal for Celtic | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

In their five games in the Scottish Premiership, Celtic have won four and drawn one – and top spot will be theirs to reclaim from Rangers if they win both games in hand.

St Mirren haven’t faired quite as well. They sit in sixth place – having won just two of their six games – and have found goalscoring a real problem, netting just three times – the joint worst in the division.

Here’s how both sides have got on recently.

St Mirren

St Mirren 0-3 Hibernian (12/09)
St Johnstone FC 1-0 St Mirren (29/08)
St Mirren 1-1 Ross County FC (22/08)
Hamilton Academical 0-1 St Mirren (15/08)
Rangers 3-0 St Mirren (12/08)

Celtic

Ross County FC 0-5 Celtic (12/09)
Celtic 3-0 Motherwell FC (30/08)
Celtic 1-2 Ferencvaros (26/08)
Dundee United 0-1 Celtic (22/08)
Celtic 6-0 KR Reykjavik (18/08)

Even without their outbreak of coronavirus, it would be a huge upset if this St Mirren side could muster even a draw against Celtic. With the Scottish champions forward line firing with such potency, it could backs to the wall stuff for The Saints.

It should be a routine win for the Bhoys as they look to close the gap on Rangers.

Prediction: St Mirren 0-3 Celtic

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