St Mirren boss sounds absolutely devastated with deserved Celtic Park defeat

By David Walton

March 3, 2022

St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson was left sounding absolutely gutted with his deserved defeat at the hands of Celtic yesterday.

The Hoops took their time when it came to getting the job done last night. But eventually they managed the breakthrough after goals from Cameron Carter-Vickers and Callum McGregor.

It was the least Celtic deserved from the game after bossing the 90 minutes. Joe Hart didn’t have a single save to make at any point during the contest whilst Celtic managed 21 shots at goal and 77% possession [BBC].

However, Robinson was left sounding raging and disappointed as he tried to chalk Celtic’s deserved success down to a bit of luck.

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Speaking at a press conference in which 67HailHail were in attendance, Robinson said: “It’s frustrating. They had a lot of possession, a lot of possession in front of us. It was two ricochets in the box, one that fell to Carter-Vickers and the other comes off Conor McCarthy’s face and lands straight at Callum McGregor.

“If you are going to come to Celtic Park and lose it’s usually a 30 yard wondergoal or a bit of combination play. It wasn’t. The boys executed the plan very well. I only set them up, it’s them that deserve the credit. They didn’t feel under any kind of threat.

“I’ve been here a lot of times where you think you could end up losing 15-0 the way Celtic are playing. We didn’t feel like that at all at any stage.”

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St Mirren didn’t do anywhere near enough to deserve anything at Celtic Park

Robinson can moan about the goals or try to demean the victory all he wants. The truth is they came about due to Celtic lifting the tempo and piling more pressure on his side.

He speaks about both goals as if they’re fortuitous. His side’s failure to defend 2 cross balls into their own penalty area isn’t about luck. You also have to acknowledge that both finishes from Carter-Vickers and McGregor were top-notch, something Robinson fails to do.

He should perhaps take a look at his team’s own performance. After all, he was just after stating pre-match that his side were going to come to Parkhead and be brave on the ball. Did you see any of that last night?

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Of course not. Instead, they did what everyone else has been doing against Celtic recently. They sat deep with a back 5 and tried their best to frustrate us with a negative approach. It’s no wonder Ange Postecoglou sounds frustrated at times when this is what teams are resorting to.

Celtic were the dominant side last night. Robinson can say St Mirren were comfortable, but let’s not forget the amount of headers Daizen Maeda won in the penalty box before we netted the opener. We earned that last night, it wasn’t gifted to us.

Perhaps he’s just feeling the pressure after failing to win either of his first 2 games in charge of the Paisley side. We wish them all the best, but it would be nice if opposition managers could give us a bit of credit for beating them from time to time.

In other news, Callum McGregor explains how much longer he’ll need to wear Celtic face mask for