Buoyant Buddies shows Celtic are not invincible: 5 things we learned in Scotland

Buoyant Buddies shows Celtic are not invincible: 5 things we learned in Scotland

The Premiership season took an unexpected turn as Celtic faced a shocking defeat to St Mirren.

The champions had only conceded once in the league this season before losing 2-0 to Paisley to allow Rangers to narrow the gap to two points.

Elsewhere there were wins for Hibernian, Hearts and Livingston while St Johnstone and Ross County were goalless in Perth.

Here are five things we learned from the weekend action.

The Celts are not invincible

St Mirren versus Celtic

St Mirren’s Mark O’Hara celebrates as Celtic skipper Callum McGregor regroups (Steve Welsh / PA)

The champions were one day from being unbeaten for a full year in the league, but goals from Mark O’Hara and Jonah Ayunga gave St Mirren a well-deserved win at Paisley. Ange Postecoglou made six changes to his squad and perhaps found his squad wasn’t as strong as he thought, even though St Mirren’s tenacious demonstration never allowed Celtic to settle down. The Hoops’ first league defeat since crashing at Livingston on September 19 last year showed that it may not be a procession to the title for the leaders.

Stephen Robinson is making his mark with St Mirren

Stefano Robinson

Stephen Robinson saw his St Mirren team upset champions (Steve Welsh / PA)

It took some time for the St Mirren players to adapt to the methods of the former Motherwell manager and recover from the blow of losing Jim Goodwin to Aberdeen last season. And although the Buddies finished the 2021/22 season with some solid results, they crashed in the Premier Sports Cup group stage following defeats to Arbroath and Airdrie, before losing to Motherwell and Aberdeen in their first two league games. They are now fourth in the standings after four wins in five games.

Motherwell must start taking risks

The Steelmen somehow managed to lose 3-0 at home to Hearts after nullifying an offside goal and hitting the post three times, Paul McGinn from three meters away. Motherwell had 25 shots on goal but drew empty for the second straight game. They had 21 shots on goal against Dundee United in the previous game, including a penalty, and they drew 0-0.

Ryan Porteous was fouled by another opposition manager

Hibernian’s center-back had several fights with Steven Gerrard during his time as the former England captain at the helm of Rangers and has now incurred Goodwin’s wrath. The Aberdeen manager accused Porteous of “blatant cheating” after winning a penalty following a tangle with Liam Scales, which saw the Dons defender show a second yellow card.

Antonio Colak continues to produce the goods

Antonio Colak

Antonio Colak enjoyed the goal (Steve Welsh / PA)

The Rangers striker scored twice in the 2-1 win over Dundee United after being sidelined in favor of Alfredo Morelos for the Champions League game against Napoli on Wednesday night. The 29-year-old Croatian has scored five of Rangers’ last seven goals in six games.

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