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Forster puts points before pretty Celtic performances

Celtic 1 St Mirren 0: Fraser Forster admits Celtic can expect more nervous encounters between now and the end of the season after being forced to grind out a narrow win over St Mirren.

The Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Parkhead appeared to be heading for a drab scoreless stalemate, with little in the way of excitement from either side.

Kris Commons was then thrown into the action late on and had a much needed impact as he scored the only goal of the game after 79 minutes to secure a 1-0 win.

The victory allowed Celtic to move five points clear at the summit, before that was cut to two by Rangers 1-0 win over Hamilton yesterday and Forster insists the outcome is all that matters.

The goalkeeper said: “There was a bit of relief at the end, but there are going to be games like that between now and the end of the season. It's just about getting the three points and it doesn't matter how you do it. It wasn't our best performance but we got the three points in the end.

“There will be games where we just have to grind out results and they won't be pretty.

“It's all about getting the points on the board, it doesn't matter how you do it at this stage of the season.”

Commons has started the last couple of games on the bench and Forster had sympathy for his plight, having netted five goals in 11 appearances before the visit of Saints.

He said: “He's been brilliant ever since he came in for his first game. He came on and scored a great goal.

“We've just got such a good squad that it's harsh on players to be honest because some have to sit out when they would start for a lot of teams.

“Everyone will get their chance over the next few weeks and we will need everyone in the squad.”

Meanwhile, assistant manager Johan Mjallby hopes Shaun Maloney can have a big part to play in the remaining games after making his comeback following four months on the sidelines.

He said: “He was arguably one of our best players before he got injured. He's got experience, he's a clever player and he knows how to put himself in good positions.

“You can see that he's still short of match fitness which isn't a surprise. Hopefully he will stay fit now because he is definitely in the running.”

John Potter could have snatched a late leveller for Saints and he felt they were unlucky to leave Parkhead empty-handed.

He said: “I couldn't seem them scoring, but they have a big squad and substitutes who can come on and change a game and Kris Commons did that with his goal.

“I had a chance with my left foot and swung at it and hoped for the best, but it went past the post so that was disappointing. You are only going to get one or two chances like that against the Old Firm and you have to take them.”

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