Paul Dummett

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

League leaders Celtic inflicted a first home defeat in a St. Mirren shirt for on-loan Newcastle defender Paul Dummett as the Bhoys beat the Buddies 5-0.

Since the 21-year-old left-back's debut in a 2-0 win over Hearts last month, the Saints had won each of their games in Paisley with a 1-0 Scottish Communities League Cup victory against Hamilton and a 5-4 success over Ross County.

But that run was ended by a far superior Hoops outfit as Neil Lennon's side thrashed Danny Lennon's team at lunchtime on Saturday.

The hosts enjoyed a decent start, with ex-Newcastle striker Lewis Guy forcing an early save from fellow former Magpie Fraser Forster, but Gary Hooper opened the scoring from close range after 15 minutes.

And three minutes later, Efe Ambrose made it 2-0 after a howler from goalkeeper Craig Samson, who dropped a simple catch straight to the feet of the Nigerian defender.

Dummett himself was partly culpable for Celtic's third, as he failed to deal with Adam Matthews' delivery allowing Victor Wanyama to drill home on 32 minutes, then the highly-rated Kenyan curled a fantastic fourth past Samson on 38 minutes.

St. Mirren were much better after the break as Dummett completed another 90 minutes - his sixth for the club - but in the 86th minute Tony Watt stole in to round off the scoring and extend Celtic's lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

The Magpies loanee won the sponsors' man of the match award.