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Match preview and predicted line-ups: St Mirren v Celtic

Celtic travel to St Mirren Park looking to extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to eight points.

To be played on Friday 3rd April 2015 at 19:45. Venue: St Mirren Park, Paisley.

Odds: St. Mirren 12/1, draw 5/1, Celtic 1/5

Ronny Deila’s side are flying high on the back of three straight wins, including a Scottish League Cup final victory, and are on track to complete the treble in the Norwegian manager's first season in charge.

The Bhoys could temporarily go eight points clear of Aberdeen if they can secure a win against their hosts. The Dons don’t play until Saturday, giving the Bhoys an opportunity to pile the pressure on the second-placed side who already know their game against Partick Thistle is a must win.

The hosts are rooted to the bottom of the table and are four points away from Motherwell and seven from Ross County and complete safety. Gary Teal’s outfit have lost their last two consecutive games whilst only managing two wins in their last six outings.

Their latest victory against Hamilton Academical was their first at home this season, whereas Celtic have won nine of their last 10 away Scottish Premier League games.

The Buddies have struggled against Celtic in recent times, losing the last five in a row, and only managing one draw as they failed to beat Celtic in the last 15 league meetings, with a League Cup win in January 2013 one of only two in five years.

The other in the difficult five-year spell came in a league match in August 2010 when they put four past Celtic, with a repeat of that result highly unlikely this time around.

This will be the first team Celtic have played since enduring the marathon four games against Dundee United, but they do come into the match with three consecutive wins, scoring nine goals in three games.

Nir Biton was the only injury concern from the international break but recovered from the knock he picked up against Wales to play the entire game in Israel’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Belgium.

Predicted St Mirren line-up:

Ridgers, Naismith, Tesselaar, Mallan, Genev, Kelly, Goodwin, McGinn, Arquin, Gow, Thompson

Predicted Celtic line-up:

Gordon, Izaguirre, Ambrose, van Dijk, Denayer, Biton, Brown, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Johansen, Guidetti

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