Celtic 'take break' by postponing St Johnstone game

Celtic's Beram Kayal and St Johnstone's Adam Morgan
Reigning champions Celtic are leading the Scottish Premiership with St Johnstone sitting ninth

The Scottish Premiership game between Celtic and St Johnstone scheduled for 10 January has been postponed following a request from the Scottish champions.

It follows Celtic's decision to invoke their right to have a one-game break.

They did the same last season by postponing a game against Kilmarnock until later in January.

"Premiership clubs are permitted to request one fixture postponement at the beginning of the season, and one in January," said a Celtic statement.

"Ronny Deila's side will have played 35 competitive games by the time they've faced Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on 5 January and the Celtic manager wants to take the opportunity for his side to have a short mid-season break and training camp before resuming their quest for silverware in the remaining months of the season.

"At the recent fans' forum at Celtic Park, the issue of fixture cancellations was raised, with fans asking for notification at the earliest opportunity.

"And so, following these discussions, the club is announcing the postponement of the St Johnstone game now in order to give supporters proper notice."

Celtic Football Club
"Following a survey last week of all season ticket holders for whom the club hold email addresses, 52% who responded were in favour of changing to an earlier kick-off time for Sunday home games."

No new date for the fixture has yet been agreed.

Celtic will not play between 5 January and their trip to face Hamilton Academcial on 17 January.

Meanwhile, Celtic have announced that the kick-off for their home match against St Mirren on Sunday 14 December has been brought forward from 15:00 to 13:00 GMT.

The club say this also follows the fans' forum, at which they agreed to a survey of season ticket holders about kick-off times.

"Following a survey last week of all season ticket holders for whom the club hold email addresses, 52% who responded were in favour of changing to an earlier kick-off time for Sunday home games," said Celtic on their website.

"The change to an earlier kick-off time is also supported by our match opponents, St Mirren, and the SPFL."

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