Kear­ney off to good start as Celtic lose Ntcham to red card

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

Oran Kear­ney be­gan his ten­ure as St Mir­ren boss with an en­cour­ag­ing 0-0 draw against 10man Celtic at the Sim­ple Dig­i­tal Arena.

Hoops mid­fielder Oi­ivier Ntcham was sent off in the 36th minute of the Lad­brokes Pre­mier­ship en­counter for pick­ing up the sec­ond of two yel­low cards.

It was a wel­come point for the Pais­ley side, who had lost their pre­vi­ous three league games — a run which, in part, had led to the de­par­ture of manager Alan Stubbs.

Mean­while Birm­ing­ham are still wait­ing for their first win of the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship sea­son af­ter be­ing held to a 1-1 home draw by West Brom. Goals from Ju­lian Draxler, Edin­son Ca­vani, An­gel Di Maria and sub­sti­tute Moussa Di­aby earned the Ligue 1 cham­pi­ons a fifth suc­ces­sive win. Else­where, PSG manager Tuchel opted to rest Brazil striker Ney­mar ahead of next week’s Cham­pi­ons League game with Liver­pool, while France World Cup win­ner Kylian Mbappe was un­avail­able due to sus­pen­sion. His team showed they could cope with­out the high-pro­file pair as Draxler headed a firsthalf opener fol­low­ing Marco Ver­ratti’s pass, be­fore Ca­vani con­verted from the penalty spot af­ter he was fouled by Loic Perrin.

Winger Di Maria put the re­sult be­yond doubt by fin­ish­ing from a tight an­gle, and 19-year-old for­ward Di­aby com­pleted the scor­ing with his first pro­fes­sional goal late on. Else­where, Pa­trick Vieira en­joyed his first home vic­tory as Nice manager af­ter an 89thminute strike from Pierre Leesmelou se­cured a 2-1 win over Rennes.

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