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Celtic vs St Mirren: Scottish Premiership – BBC Sport



After Welsh almost enhanced the party atmosphere with an early header wide of the St Mirren goal, the visitors took a surprise lead.

Richard Taylor and Olusanya tried to make a clean connection following a long throw-in and O’Hara pounced on Callum McGregor’s headed clearance with a powerful low shot past Joe Hart, denied a clean sheet on his final Celtic Park appearance.

O’Riley curved a shot wide of the St Mirren goal as Celtic tried to force a leveller but the midfielder found the net moments later.

The Denmark international played in Kyogo and then lashed in the loose ball after St Mirren’s Alex Gogic had intervened.

But the visitors dampened the excitement of the crowd once again.

The ball bounced over Welsh’s head and allowed Olusanya to bear down on goal. Welsh bundled him over and the video assistant referee (VAR) supported referee Matthew MacDermid’s decision to point to the spot.

O’Hara kept his cool to beat Hart to the keeper’s left.

Celtic had it all to do again but the ever reliable Kyogo and Reo Hatate delivered. Kyogo released Hatate on the right and then sped into the box to convert the eventual cross.

Kyogo almost scored from close range again early in the second half, denied by a fine Zach Hemming save, and an equally impressive tackle at the other end by Maik Nawrocki blocked Olusanya’s goal-bound shot.

A further Olusanya effort went wide when a pass may have been the better option.

There was one more big chance and it came Celtic’s way. O’Riley’s backheel set Ralston away on the right and his back-post cross was converted by Palma.

And, before full-time, Hart, having taken over the captaincy from McGregor, was given a standing ovation as he made way for Scott Bain.

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