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St Mirren 0-0 Celtic

Olivier Ntcham received a red card for a second bookable offence in the 37th minute

Celtic had to settle for a draw after Olivier Ntcham’s first-half red card blotted an unconvincing display against a vibrant St Mirren in Paisley.

The Frenchman’s needless second yellow card underlined the champions’ unease as the hosts created the best chances.

Cammy Smith, Lee Hodson and Ryan Flynn all went close to giving boss Oran Kearney a dream start.

Celtic saw Dedryck Boyata’s header cleared off the line, with the Belgian looping another late effort over.

Substitute Leigh Griffiths and Callum McGregor also wasted second-half chances in a lethargic display by Brendan Rodgers’ side, who moved to within two points of early pace-setters Hearts.

But defeat would have been harsh on St Mirren, who were instantly galvanised under new manager Kearney after conceding 12 goals in their last four games under Alan Stubbs.

More to follow.

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