Postecoglou laments end of Celtic run

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Ange Postecoglou was not about to give his Celtic side any leeway after they suffered their first Scottish Premiership loss in a year in a shock 2-0 defeat by St Mirren.

The Hoops' Australian boss had made six changes on Sunday from the side which drew 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League in midweek.

But amid a disjointed performance, they went behind two minutes from the break to a header from Saints skipper Mark O'Hara.

Buddies' striker Jonah Ayunga grabbed a second in the 53rd minute for St Mirren's first league win at home over Celtic since 2010.

It was also the first defeat in the league that Postecoglou has suffered since the 1-0 loss at Livingston on September 19, 2021.

Celtic still go into the international break two points ahead of Old Firm rivals Rangers at the top of the league, but Postecoglou said: "No, you don't put it down to one of those days - it's a disappointing day.

"We pride ourselves on having certain standards and we didn't reach those today, and football will always teach you that lesson.

"What has got us to this point over the past 15 or 16 months is having a certain work ethic and certain levels of performance and belief.

"Today, we didn't reach any of those, and that was disappointing.

"You can't take all the praise as you go along and then expect people just to brush over it.

"We've got to take the hits when they come and we've just got to get back up and go again.

"We've done that before as a team over the past 15 or 16 months. It's a sore one today."

Postecoglou will analyse all aspects of the defeat against a hard-working Saints side.

He said: "You look at everything - team selection, the way you perform. Everything is under scrutiny.

"It was a bit of everything.

"You know you come to these places and it's difficult and you have to assert your authority on the game and dominate and we never did that.

"We just looked a little bit flat at the start of the game. Trying to get going during a game is almost impossible."