Celtic

Celtic vs St Mirren

, KO: 15:00 May 20, 2023, Celtic Park
St Mirren

CELTIC will be looking to sweep aside last weekend's derby disappointment as they bid to continue their unbeaten home record in the SPFL Premiership when St Mirren come calling.

With the title already in the bag, gaffer Ange Postecoglou gave some fringe players the chance to impress at Ibrox but the move backfired as Rangers inflicted a 3-0 defeat.

That left our man Mark frustrated after backing another Old Firm win for the champions but the heavy loss will soon be forgotten by Hoops fans if their heroes go on to complete the Treble.

The final few Premiership games are all about preparing for the Scottish Cup Final with Inverness and I'd expect Postecoglou to field his strongest available side when the Buddies come calling.

Before last weekend, St Mirren were the only Scottish side to have beaten Celtic this season and the campaign has been a huge success for Stephen Robinson with the Northern Irishman leading the Paisley club into the top six.

Robinson was targeting a European place heading into the split but that looks unlikely now after losing 2-1 at Hibs then blowing a two-goal lead at home to Hearts last weekend.

St Mirren head to Pittodrie after this game then finish the season by hosting Rangers so it would be a major surprise if they collected enough points to land a Euro slot.

How the bookies view it

Despite that defeat last weekend, Celtic are red-hot favourites for this one at a best 1/7 with Coral. St Mirren are as big as 20/1 with Ladbrokes while the draw pays 8/1 at Bet365.

Recent head to head

Celtic have slipped up a few times in Paisley in the last five years, with a couple of 0-0 draws and that 2-0 defeat. They also lost 2-1 at home to the Buddies two years ago in their doomed bid for 10-in-a-row but that was the first time they had dropped points to St Mirren at Parkhead since 2007. The two meetings in Glasgow earlier this season ended in 4-0 and 5-1 Hoops victories.

Players to watch

Celtic badly missed the energy of Kyogo Furuhashi at Ibrox last week, with the club's top scorer rested as he started on the bench. The Japanese star should start here and netted twice against the Buddies earlier in the season at Parkhead. Kyogo is just 8/13 at Unibet for anytime scorer but 17/5 with the same firm to net two or more. He's also 27/10 to break the deadlock.

Mark O'Hara has netted three times against Celtic this season, with two of those goals coming from the spot. The midfielder is 23/2 with Unibet to keep that impressive run going.

Anything else catch the eye?

Anthony Ralston will continue to deputise for injured Alistair Johnston at right-back for Celtic and he's a good option for assists with crosses. The Scotland international is worth backing once that market is priced up.

We've only seen two cards across St Mirren's two trips to Celtic Park so far this season and that suggests under 2.5 cards might be worth a look at 7/5 with BetUK.

Backing Postecoglou's side for corners at home is usually a good option and Celtic -5 in that handicap pays 10/11 at Bet365 while over five first-half corners also appeals at 21/20 with the same firm.

Celtic's defence continues to be vulnerable without the injured Cameron Carter-Vickers so BTTS looks overpriced at 13/8 with Unibet, given it has landed in the last two meetings of these sides.

This match between Celtic and St Mirren will be played on May 20, 2023 and kick off at 15:00. Check below for our tipsters best Celtic vs St Mirren prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.

Celtic vs St Mirren Betting Tips & Predictions
Over five first-half corners
21/20
Bet365
Both teams to score
13/8
UniBet
Kyogo Furuhashi first scorer
27/10
UniBet
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