Life Is Sweet For Celtic, But Oh So Sour For Saint Mirren
Sitting on the Celtic bench at Saint Mirren Park, Leigh Griffiths pulled out a Tunnocks teacake from his pocket, looked around and went ahead to pop it into his mouth.
It may have been 0-0 when the Celtic striker enjoyed his sweet chocolate snack, but things would get so much sweeter for Griffiths when Celtic finally took control of a game in which bottom-placed Saint Mirren had frustrated their Glasgow visitors for large parts. Celtic had to wait until after the hour mark for James Forrest to give them the lead, an advantage which was doubled by Stefan Johansen from the penalty spot on 79 minutes.
Celtic would savour those three points as their Friday night victory extended their advantage at the top of the table over chasing Aberdeen to eight points. Aberdeen would go on to play their fixture on Saturday afternoon, but by only managing one point with a goalless draw at home against Partick Thistle, the league trophy looks even more like staying to Celtic Park as it did before the weekend’s action.
Saint Mirren, on the other, are left with bitter taste in their mouths following the weekend’s action. They may have gone down to Celtic, but that was completely expected. Unexpected, though, was that both of Saint Mirren’s relegation rivals would take maximum points from their outings on Saturday.
Ross County extended their lead over Gary Teale’s side to ten points with a 2-1 win away to Dundee United, while Motherwell won by the same scoreline when they visited Kilmarnock, putting them seven points ahead of Saint Mirren.
The Paisley club is now looking isolated at the bottom of the league table and seemingly headed for automatic relegation. Even achieving the relegation play-off spot is looking increasingly unlikely.
There are just seven matches remaining, but there is some home for Saint Mirren in the fact that they will play both Motherwell and Ross County twice each in the season run-in.
The first of those matches comes away to Motherwell this coming Tuesday before the visit to Saint Mirren Park of Ross County the following Monday. Gary Teale’s side surely cannot wait to sink their teeth into those upcoming fixtures.