Buoyant buddies show Celtic aren’t invincible – 5 things we learned in Scotland

The Cinch Premiership season took an unexpected turn as Celtic suffered a shock defeat at the hands of St Mirren.

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

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

Here are five things we learned from the weekend’s action.

Celtic are not invincible

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

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The champions were a day away from going a full season unbeaten in the league but goals from Mark O’Hara and Jonah Ayunga gave St Mirren a deserved win at Paisley. Ange Postecoglou made six changes to his side and may have found his squad strength wasn’t as strong as he thought, although St Mirren’s persistent performance never allowed Celtic to calm down. The Hoops’ first league defeat since sinking at Livingston on September 19 last year showed the league leaders may not find promotion to the title.

Stephen Robinson leaves a lasting impression with St Mirren

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

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It took the St Mirren players some time to adjust to the former Motherwell manager’s methods and recover from the blow of losing Jim Goodwin to Aberdeen last season. And although the Buddies ended the 2021/22 season with some solid results, they fell in the group stage of the Premier Sports Cup after losses to Arbroath and Airdrie before losing to Motherwell and Aberdeen in their first two league games. After four wins from five games, however, they are now fourth in the table.

Motherwell needs to start taking his chances

The Steelmen somehow managed to lose 3-0 at home to Hearts after a goal was ruled offside and hit the post three times, Paul McGinn from three yards out. Motherwell had 25 shots on goal but drew a gap in the second game in a row. They had 21 shots on goal, including a penalty, in the previous game against Dundee United and there was a 0-0 draw.

Ryan Porteous has fallen out with another opposition manager

The Hibernian centre-back has had several clashes with Steven Gerrard during the tenure of the former England captain managing Rangers and now he has drawn the wrath of Goodwin. The Aberdeen manager accused Porteous of “blatant cheating” after winning a penalty following a dispute with Liam Scales that saw the Dons defender shown a second yellow card.

Antonio Colak continues to produce the goods

Antonio Colak enjoyed his goal (Steve Welsh/PA)

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The Rangers forward scored a double in the 2-1 win over Dundee United after being left out in favor of Alfredo Morelos for Wednesday night’s Champions League game against Napoli. The 29-year-old Croatian has now scored five of Rangers’ last seven goals in six games.

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