By Frank McAvennie

16th Sep, 2020 | 11:58am

'I've been speaking to people...' - Exclusive: McAvennie delivers Celtic prediction

Frank McAvennie has tipped Celtic to beat St Mirren “3 or 4-0” tonight as Neil Lennon’s side look to close the gap on leaders Rangers.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the Glasgow giants are “too hot” for the Saints who were “terrible” in a 3-0 home loss to Hibernian on Saturday.

The Bhoys have the opportunity to cut Rangers lead to just three points tonight when they travel to St Mirren Park – one of two games in hand they hold as a result of Boli Bolingoli’s actions last month.

Lennon has a strong squad to pick from with only Mikey Johnston, Leigh Griffiths and Tom Rogic unavailable for the trip to Paisley, but the latter two have returned to training this week.

When asked by Football Insider for his prediction for tonight’s match, McAvennie said:

“I would love to say that it would be a tight game but I think Celtic are too hot at the moment for St Mirren.

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“I was speaking to people and it wasn’t that Hibs were good at the weekend it was that they were terrible. They were not at the races and if you do that against Celtic you are going to concede a fair few goals.

“I hope it is a better game than I think but I can see it being very one-side. I think it will be 3 or 4-0.”

Speaking in the build-up to the game, Lennon said: “It’s important to win the game, first and foremost, no matter what stage of the season it is, but it’s one of our games in hand so it’s important we maximise the opportunity and take the three points.

“We’ve always found it pretty tough to play there and it’s a tight pitch.”

In other Celtic news, Noel Whelan claims Neil Lennon will be “absolutely overjoyed” by major transfer update.