St Mirren have learned a very valuable lesson in recent years: don’t make Celtic angry.
On 24th March 2010, the Buddies pulled off one of the greatest results in their history when they thrashed Tony Mowbray’s Hoops 4-0 at St Mirren Park. Among the Celtic coaching staff that day was Neil Lennon, who sat and watched from the bench as his side suffered a result so humiliating it has barely been rivalled in their history.
Mowbray was sacked in the immediate aftermath, but Lennon took over the team and since that day he has continued to take fierce revenge on the Paisley Saints.
St Mirren haven’t even scored a single goal against Celtic in the six meetings since, being beaten to nil on every single occasion, including a 4-0 reverse in 2010 and a 5-0 humbling in 2011.
That trend looks set to continue on Saturday, with Celtic’s record of one clean sheet in every two SPL matches so far this season adding to the home side’s defensive confidence.
Neil Lennon’s men are 5/4 to win to nil on Saturday, while they are evens to keep a clean sheet regardless of the outcome and 23/4 to repeat the 2-0 scoreline they have achieved on both of their last two visits to St Mirren Park.
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has never seen his team score against the champions, having taken over in the summer of 2010 and presided over all six of the fruitless meetings with them since then.
He will, however, take hope from the five goals that his team put past Ross County in their last home game and it is possibly for this reason that the Buddies are still only 18/25 to find the net on Saturday, while both teams to score is on offer at just 91/100.
You get the feeling, however, that finding the net might be as good as the Black and Whites can hope for in this one. The hosts are 23/4 to win the game, with the draw on offer at 16/5 and a Celtic win the clear frontrunner, priced at 2/5.