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Celtic’s shock defeat against St Mirren ends treble hopes
January 29, 2013
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GLASGOW: Neil Lennon says Celtic only have themselves to blame as their dreams of a first domestic treble in 12 years were ended by a shock 3-2 defeat to St Mirren in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden on Sunday.

Portuguese forward Esmael Goncalves took just eight minutes of his debut to put St Mirren ahead before Gary Hooper equalised seconds before the break. Charlie Mulgrew then saw his 49th minute penalty saved after Jim Goodwin had handled in the box before conceding one at the other end that Paul McGowan buried to restore St Mirren’s lead in the 64th minute.

Former Rangers striker Steven Thompson then smashed a superb volley past stand-in keeper Lukasz Zaluska in the 69th minute.

Mulgrew fired a 20-yard drive beyond Samson with the last kick of the ball four minutes into stoppage time but it was merely a consolation as St Mirren booked their place in March’s final against Hearts, who defeated Inverness on penalties in Saturday’s semi-final.

And Lennon couldn’t hide his anger and disappointment in his side’s performance.

Agence France-Presse
 

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