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St. Mirren 4 Celtic 0

Tony Mowbray refused to discuss his future after Celtic were demolished 4-0 last night by Clydesdale Bank Premier League's second-bottom side St Mirren.

The Hoops' faint hopes of catching Rangers at the top of the SPL were all but ended with their first league defeat in Paisley in 21 years.

In the most dramatic of nights, doubles by Andy Dorman and Steven Thomson ripped apart the beleaguered visitors who finished the game with six attackers on the park.

The Parkhead side remain 10 points behind their Ibrox rivals who have still got two games in hand.

It was Mowbray's 13th defeat of the season but when asked about his own position, he replied: “I don't think I want to get into that. I don't think it's a pertinent question.

“I've explained the game, in trying to be positive we lost a few goals. I take responsibility.

“I left some very young defenders exposed but it was done for the right reasons. You can look as deep into the result as you want and it's obviously not a great result but there were positive reasons why it was a negative result.

“We tried to be positive with the substitution and we suffered at the other end.

“You are either a brave coach or a negative coach. If you make those substitutions and it's 3-2 then it's the right thing to do.

“Make those substitutions and you lose two goals then it's the wrong thing to do. I understand that.

“Obviously it is a disappointing result but I can understand it in the way that we ended up with six strikers on the pitch.

“It's my nature as a coach, I try to be positive. I am never happy to be two goals down and by trying to get goals back and we made positive substitutions.

“Sometimes it can backfire and you have to take it on the chin.”

Against the run of play, the Paisley side took the lead, seconds after a penalty claim for a push on Dargo by Edson Braafheid had been ignored by Richmond.

When the ball came back into the centre the Hoops' defence failed to clear and it was Dorman, back in the side after being left on the bench for the Co-operative Insurance Cup final defeat to Rangers at Hampden, who fired past Zaluska from just inside the box.

There was more drama in the 58th minute when Saints sensationally doubled their lead.

The foraging Dargo robbed Thompson down the left, played a one-two with Mehmet then shaped to shoot before setting up Steven Thomson who rifled low past Zaluska from just inside the box.

But in the 84th minute Dorman took advantage of more slack play in the Hoops' defence to slam number three past Zaluska.

Moments later, the Celtic keeper had to stretch to catch an attempted lob by Dargo as the Celtic backline threatened to dissolve, as they did when Thomson completed his brace three minutes later.

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