• Sat. Oct 24th, 2020

St Johnstone 0-2 Celtic: Neil Lennon’s side gather gradual decide at McDiarmid Park

St Johnstone 0-2 Celtic: Neil Lennon’s side gather gradual decide at McDiarmid Park

Unimaginative objectives from Leigh Griffiths and Patryk Klimala snatched three Scottish Premiership aspects for Celtic after a worldly sport in opposition to St Johnstone.

Griffiths was introduced on for his first look of the season with 15 minutes left, and headed in to interrupt the deadlock within the 90th minute.

Fellow replace Klimala then made obvious of the aspects deep into stoppage time with a carry out on the advance publish.

The decide temporarily moved Celtic above Rangers.

However, Steven Gerrard’s side returned to the summit after beating Ross County 2-0. They are a point determined having played a sport extra.

For St Johnstone, it was a fourth successive league defeat and so that they’ve now scored magnificent as soon as in their previous seven suits.

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Callum Davidson’s side had the splendid chance in legislation time, Craig Conway crashing an strive in opposition to a truly best, and the Perth team also had the clearest alternative of the outlet half of-hour.

Conway’s inswinging ball lured Vasilis Barkas off his line. David Wotherspoon nicked in earlier than him, nonetheless he purchased too powerful on his header when he magnificent wanted to explore it previous the Celtic goalkeeper.

With David Turnbull – in for his first commence – one in all three changes from Thursday’s Europa League decide in Bosnia, Celtic had the huge majority of the early possession.

Indeed, they’d maybe have had an early penalty had referee Cleave Welsh spotted Liam Gordon pulling Shane Duffy’s shirt at a corner.

Callum McGregor, then Odsonne Edouard, had openings nonetheless St Johnstone went closest when Conway rattled a publish after Wotherspoon had picked him out with a truly best early execrable.

That acted as a warning demand Celtic. Turnbull mistimed a header after being picked out by McGregor, earlier than Klimala volleyed narrowly extensive and Griffiths had an strive deflected over.

However, when the chance got right here within the 90th minute, he made no mistake. A shopping Hatem Elhamed execrable stumbled on the Scotland striker, who buried his header previous Clark.

There was unexcited time for Klimala to construct the game look extra blissful than it was, the Polish forward riding a dispute earlier than rifling in on the advance publish.

Man of the match – Leigh Griffiths

Leigh Griffiths and Neil Lennon
It would perhaps maybe have gone to a St Johnstone defender, nonetheless Griffiths proved to be the decisive participant

What did we be taught?

Celtic’s outcomes have been very excellent in most up-to-date weeks, nonetheless it’s a ways determined that they are no longer performing to the upper of their capacity.

Mediate wait on to the commence of the year, when they were firing on all cylinders and Griffiths and Edouard fashioned a magnificent partnership. Griffiths made his first look of the term right here and made a genuine impact.

This was a performance that provided encouragement for St Johnstone. Even supposing they’ve been on a miserable flee, they looked confident on the ball and warranted in their defending, with the wait on three in particular impressive. With greater ending, they’d maybe have won the game.

What did they express?

Davidson ‘in actual fact elated’ with St Johnstone irrespective of defeat

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson: “I belief the avid gamers performed to a truly excessive in style and restricted Celtic to very few changes.

“I am absolutely gutted for them bigger than the rest. Celtic hiss 5 quality substitutes on and so that they are chasing the game.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: “I hold the subs gave us extra urgency. I hold our first half of was no longer factual sufficient, the second was greater.

“It is evident Scott Brown’s impact on the team. That now you can’t costume up any longer or much less stats what he brings.”

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What’s next?

After the worldwide spoil or no longer it’s a ways the huge one for Celtic, the Mature Agency sport on 17 October. St Johnstone meanwhile, have two League Cup games next week – Kelty Hearts on Wednesday, then Brechin City on Saturday.

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