Jim Goodwin has said his St Mirren side could’ve taken a point from Celtic based on their first half performance as they lost 2-0 in Glasgow.

The Buddies managed to limit the Hoops’ attacking threats but it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat, with Mohamed Elyounoussi and James Forrest wrapping up three home points.

St Mirren still haven’t won in Glasgow since 1990. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Speaking to the St Mirren website, Goodwin said he felt there was a chance to take a point from the game based on the Buddies’ first half efforts.

He said: “First half I thought we were excellent in terms of the shape and trying to hit Celtic on the counter attack.

“The only frustration is on the two or three occasions where we did get into good areas we made poor decisions or the quality wasn’t quite where it needed to be.

A frustrating evening. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“It’s no surprise that Celtic have won the game but I did feel after the first half performance that there was an opportunity there to take a point from the game.”

 

Goodwin can take positives from the St Mirren Celtic display

Goodwin did manage to get his St Mirren men to contain Celtic in the first half and he was likely very pleased following their efforts in the first 45.

Celtic came flying out the traps though and five minutes of quality was enough to do the damage at Parkhead. It will disappoint Goodwin that their hard work from the first half was undone so quickly.

Outfought in the second 45. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

At 2-0 down a comeback wasn’t likely but the Irishman can take some positives from this game, like his team’s shape, desire and defensive abilities.

St Mirren will live to fight another day as their Celtic challenge proved too much for them, despite giving a good account of themselves on the night.

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