Celtic player ratings vs St Mirren (away)

By John Reid

December 26, 2019

Celtic remained top of the Premiership thanks to a 2-1 win over St Mirren on Thursday afternoon. The Hoops played fairly well in the game, and the three points were secured thanks to goals from Callum McGregor and James Forrest. Both goals were down to the skill and persistence of Odsonne Edouard, who was superb. St Mirren grabbed a consolation goal thanks to a late deflected Cameron MacPherson goal, but Celtic comfortably held on for the three points.

Here are how the Celtic side rated as the Hoops stay clear at the top of the league:

Fraser Forster – 6

Had practically nothing to do the entire game, although he did make a good save in the second-half from a close range Jon Obika effort. Had no chance with Cameron MacPherson’s deflected free-kick. Will be disappointed not to have kept a clean sheet, but he was not to blame.

Jeremie Frimpong – 7

Another good performance from the Celtic starlet, who continues to play with maturity that belies his young age. He was unfortunate not to find the back of the net with a shot that was well saved by Vaclav Hladky. Should keep his place in the side for the Glasgow derby against Rangers on Sunday.

Christopher Jullien – 5

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Not his best game for the Hoops, as he was partly to blame for the St Mirren goal as he gave away the free-kick which led to the goal. Has had better days for the Hoops, as he didn’t look comfortable up against the St Mirren attack. Hopefully he will make up for this performance against Rangers.

Kristoffer Ajer – 6

Played better than his centre-back partner, but didn’t have the most comfortable of games. Still, managed to clear most of his lines, and performed well enough against a St Mirren side who caused the Hoops some problems. All in all, a decent enough display.

Boli Bolingoli – 6

Played very well going forward and was unlucky not to score, but blotted his copybook with a silly incident with Junior Morias. Still, he has played well since he returned to the starting line-up, and you imagine he will keep his place in the team for the Rangers game.

Scott Brown – 6

Didn’t have the very best game by his high standards. Was sloppy in possession at times, and found himself swamped by the St Mirren midfield at times. Eventually helped the Hoops gain control of the middle of the park, but he can play better.

Callum McGregor – 7

One of his better performances from the Hoops. He found himself going forward more than he has in recent games, and found the back of the net for Celtic’s opening goal, after a good run from the middle of the park. Hopefully he will do more of that against Rangers on Sunday.

Ryan Christie – 6

Not at his very best, as he found himself on the margins of the game as he does when he plays on the wing. Still was unlucky not to get a penalty when it looked as if he was fouled in the box. He can play better, and it will be interesting to see where he plays against Rangers.

Olivier Ntcham – 7

Started slowly, but gradually controlled the middle of the park. Was unlucky not to find the back of the net, after some excellent long-range shots. You would imagine that he will start against Rangers on Sunday as he has been a regular starter in recent weeks.

James Forrest – 7

Scored Celtic’s key second goal which put the Hoops in charge of the game. Should have added to his tally in the second-half, but turned in his best Celtic performance in a few weeks, which is good timing as the Hoops get ready to play Rangers on Sunday.

Odsonne Edouard – 9

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The stand-out performer on the day. Set up the first goal thanks to his persistence, and his pass for James Forrest goal was exceptional. Another great performance in what has been a calendar year of exceptional performances from the Celtic striker.

Substitutes

Mikey Johnston (6) played well when he came on, he was a threat from the wing. Leigh Griffiths didn’t have an impact on the match.