Last Updated: 28/08/11 2:37pm
It's all over and Celtic have bounced back from their European heartbreak in midweek with a 2-0 victory at St Mirren thanks to an early brace from Gary Hooper. The hosts did impress with some attractive football but ultimately it wasn't enough to prevent Neil Lennon's men picking up a much-needed three points
A classy passing move from Celtic is capped off by a superb one-two between Forrest and Mulgrew inside the box with the former seeing his shot saved by Samson.
St Mirren probably know a point is extremely unlikely now but they keep pushing forward to give their fans something to shout about.
If the Buddies hadn't got off to such a bad start then Celtic would have really struggled to get a result today.
Ki has a great chance to score Celtic's third after an unselfish pass from Hooper inside the box but once again Samson makes a superb save.
McShane does well on the right wing to send a cross into the box which Steven Thompson heads straight at Forster.
The Hoops take it short to Forrest on the edge of the box and the energetic midfielder races forward before seeing his fierce effort turned wide by Samson.
Forrest is running the show at the moment and wins another corner for Celtic when his low cross from the left is put behind.
The resulting corner eventually finds its way to Forrest on the edge of the box but his rather rushed show is cleared by Mair.
Goodwin's splendid cross causes problems in the Celtic box and the visitors are relieved to see the offside flag raised.
A long ball forward towards the edge of the box from Steven Thomson is headed inches wide of his own goal by Wilson, who was aiming to cushion it back to Forster.
St Mirren have a corner when Wilson knocks the ball behind to prevent Steven Thomson shooting inside the box.
You just sense the Buddies have lost a bit of belief having failed to find the net during their period of pressure.
Stokes blasts one from a tight angle on the left side of the box and is frustrated to see Samson tip it wide.
Hasselbaink is too quick for Wilson, who brings the St Mirren man down to concede a free kick just outside the right edge of the box.
The following corner results in a bit of a mad scramble in the box before a St Mirren clearence rebounds off Kayal and behind for a goal kick.
Stokes goes on a brilliant run as he drives into the box but his low shot is tipped round the post by Samson.
It's Celtic who have started this period on the front foot and you'd have to say a third goal would really kill the Buddies off for good.
St Mirren get the second half under way hoping to put more pressure on Celtic as they look to find a way back into this match.
The half-time whistle sounds and Celtic to into the break with a 2-0 lead although it hasn't been as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.
Tesselaar fouls Scott Brown in midfield as Celtic win a free kick which they are in no hurry to take.
It really has been a plucky effort from the hosts since going 2-0 down and if they can keep this up after the break then Celtic face a tough challenge to take all three points.
Hasselbaink agonisingly fails to get on the end of a dangerous low cross from Tesselaar out on the left - it really was a golden opportunity.
The Hoops will be relieved to get through to half-time with their two-goal advantage in tact. St Mirren deserve to at least get one back.
The referee has a strong word with Beram Kayal for an incident in midfield and he's lucky not to receive a yellow card.
The corner is taken short to Hasselbaink, who dribbles into the area from the left before seeing his shot blocked by Wilson.
A great ball into the box from Tesselaar is headed over the bar by Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson as St Mirren earn a corner.
Despite the shocking start to this match, the home crowd must be happy with how their side are performing at the moment.
A lovely move from St Mirren results in Steven Thomson seeing a shot blocked inside the box - but these are promising signs.
St Mirren have a corner on the left although the referee awards Celtic a free kick after spotting a foul on Forster from Hasselbaink.
Hasselbaink uses his burst of speed to get away from Majstorovic down the left but nobody is able to get on the end of his dangerous cross.
Hasselbaink continues to impress in forward positions for St Mirren but this time his early cross is cleared.
Hasselbaink feels he should have a free kick on the left wing when he falls to ground but the referee says no.
Du-Ri breaks down the right wing away from Tesselaar but his cross is dealt with by the St Mirren defence.
Gary Teale floats the ball out to McGowan, who attempts an audacious volley from the edge of the box only to see it deflect off Steven Thompson's head and over the bar.
At least St Mirren proved they can cause Celtic problems but they'll need more of those to get back into this clash.
Nigel Hasselbaink's pass into the box cuts the Celtic's defence open but McGowan's shot is brilliantly tipped wide by Fraser Forster.
A St Mirren victory from here would probably be a bigger shock than Usain Bolt not winning the 100m at the world athletics championships!
GOAL HOOPER - A suicidal pass from Paul McGowan is intercepted by Hooper who charges into the area before firing past Craig Samson.
Celtic are in full control of this clash in these early stages and already it's hard to see St Mirren making it difficult for them.
Celtic have an opportunity to increase their advantage with a dangerous free kick on the right wing.
The Hoops fans are in full voice now and for the time being at least their European heartbreak is forgotten.
GOAL HOOPER - Stokes slips a lovely pass into the area for Gary Hooper, who makes no mistake with a clinical finish from close range.
St Mirren have seemingly recovered from that sloppy start and are looking to impose themselves on a vulnerbale Celtic side.
Replays suggest the referee may have got that wrong - it looked an honest battle between the two players.
Moments later Stokes rounds the goalkeeper before tapping into an open net but the striker is penalised for an earlier foul on Marc McAusland as he entered the area.
Celtic get this SPL clash under way against St Mirren hoping to bounce back from a disappointing week which saw them lose at home to St Johnstone before getting knocked out of Europe.
As you can see, Celtic boss Neil Lennon has made two changes from the side which were knocked out of the Europa League play-off on Thursday night by Swiss side Sion. Striker Anthony Stokes and midfielder James Forrest have replaced Joe Ledley and Georgios Samaras, who drop to the bench. St Mirren boss Danny Lennon starts with the same line-up which beat Morton in the Scottish Communities League Cup in midweek, with former Rangers striker Steven Thompson leading the line. On-loan Burnley midfielder Joe McKee, who was added to the Buddies' squad in midweek, starts on the bench. Today's referee is William Collum.
The St Mirren team is: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Mair, Tesselaar, Thomson, Goodwin, McGowan, Teale, Thompson, Hasselbaink. Subs: Graeme Smith, McKee, McLean, McShane, Kennedy, Carey, Haddad.
The Celtic team is: Forster, Cha, Majstorovic, Kelvin Wilson, Mulgrew, Brown, Ki, Kayal, Forrest, Hooper, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Samaras, Maloney, Commons, Ledley, Wanyama.