Aaron Mooy is closed down by Jonah Ayunga and Keanu Baccus
Celtic were given little space in their Sunday loss to St Mirren

It takes almost as long to play football as it does to watch it. The period of time that Celtic had not lost a game in the Scottish top flight ended on Sunday.

The difference was made by something. The person made the difference. Was it one of the two people who scored? What is the goalkeeper's name? A great defender?

Manager Stephen Robinson gave a shout out to the forward as he highlighted his hard work. All those behind Main followed his lead.

  • Dynamic St Mirren end Celtic's 364-day league run

Discipline and determination

Many other teams have struggled against Celtic due to the fact that they restricted space.

There were little or no piercing balls behind the defence for the wingers to run on to deliver crosses, unlike Celtic's win at Kilmarnock, the 9-0 defeat of Dundee United, and the four nil victory over Rangers.

Celtic's defenders were allowed to have the ball far from goal, and the forward pass options were restricted.

Celtic had been in front by half-time in five of their first six games. They didn't want to be added to the list.

You have to give St Mirren a lot of credit for how they approached the game and how organised they were. Steven Thompson spoke on Sportsound.

Choosing moments to pounce

Mark O'Hara
Mark O'Hara scored his second goal of the season

There were no attempts on goal by the time Ryan Strain broke on the right and crossed for Mark O'Hara to head the opening goal.

In the second half it was more of the same, as Celtic's defence was pulled out of position.

The catalyst for goal number two, a bit of head tennis ending with Main nodding across for Ayunga to finish right in front of the goal, was the long throw-in by Dec.

It could have been more with O'Hara nodding his head.

Robinson gave full credit to the players. We work all week on things, it's not too far away from what we do in games, just a bit further back in the pitch and we break with good pace. The boys are in charge.

Few clear cut chances for Celtic

Celtic had a lot of possession and tries. The goals were the only ones that were on target.

Celtic didn't bother to test the goal of St. The goalkeeper was helped out by a Richard Tait clearance after he palmed a low cross into the six-yard box.

The visitors shot 14 shots off target, which showed how little space their players were given. Celtic didn't get the freedom they've been given in the past.

Celtic 'nowhere near levels needed' at St Mirren

"When Celtic's opposition get a result like this, you're talking about the goalkeeper having a tremendous game, save after save - that was not the case today," said former Parkhead keeper Pat Bonner.

The manager accepted that his players didn't match their previous levels but also praised the tactics of the other team

Celtic are a top side. People need to be brave when playing them. We played and passed and hit them on the break.

Celtic can turn the game on its head with a moment of brilliance but our shape and discipline was maintained for 94 minutes.

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