Celtic were held to a goalless draw by St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership, with the gap to Rangers at the top of the table widening to six points.
The game went ahead despite St Mirren’s request for a postponement due to a Covid-19 outbreak among their squad. Celtic came into the match with the Scottish League Cup back in their trophy cabinet, having beaten Hibernian in Sunday’s final.
But Ange Postecoglou’s side were unable to find their way past the Saints defence, having made six changes from the weekend. Nir Bitton had a curling free-kick saved in the first half, with Liel Abada hitting the post on a tight angle.
Celtic continued to probe after the break – Abada twice missing superb crosses from Callum McGregor and Anthony Ralston – with St Mirren looking threatening on the break. However, Scott Bain was only really worked when Curtis Main fired into his arms after a quick Jay Henderson break.
The result leaves Celtic six points behind Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, although their Old Firm meeting on January 2 has been postponed until February. St Mirren will ultimately be pleased with the result given their pre-match request, remaining in ninth place.
Both sides will be back in Scottish Premiership action on Boxing Day. Celtic are again on their travels, facing St Johnstone, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 12.30pm. St Mirren will take on Rangers at Ibrox; kick-off 3pm.