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Scottish Premiership: St Johnstone 2-1 Celtic

Steven MacLean
Steven MacLean celebrates after tapping home St Johnstone's equaliser

St Johnstone came from behind to beat champions Celtic and secure a fourth-place Premiership finish.

Leigh Griffiths' solo effort put the visitors ahead at McDiarmid Park, taking his tally for the season to 40.

A howler from Stefan Johansen allowed Steven MacLean in to level with a neat finish.

Efe Ambrose made another costly mistake, colliding with goalkeeper Logan Bailly to allow Graham Cummins to stab in the winner.

With the title secured, Celtic boss Ronny Deila made seven changes to the side that beat Aberdeen 3-2 at Parkhead on Sunday, but paid the price with a fourth league defeat of the season.

Craig Gordon, Charlie Mulgrew and Mikael Lustig were given the night off, with Nir Biton, Stuart Armstrong, Tom Rogic and Keiran Tierney dropping to the bench.

The travelling Celtic supporters were given a rare glimpse of Scott Allan, Ryan Christie, Saidy Janko and Belgian goalkeeper Bailly among the replacements.

Leigh Griffiths
Leigh Griffiths becomes the first Celtic player since Henrik Larsson to score 40 goals in a season

Bailly was busy enough in the early exchanges as St Johnstone found a lot of joy down their right, where Emilio Izaguirre was playing what might prove to be his last game for the champions given Tierney's form.

The goalkeeper had a few testing crosses to deal with in the first few minutes but it was Saints' last line of defence that kept the scoreline level when the visitors finally clicked going forward.

Clark denied Griffiths with a fine save just when Scotland's top marksman seemed certain to convert an inviting cross following intelligent set-up play from Christie.

That was a rare moment of anxiety for Tommy Wright's side as they dominated possession for long spells of the first half as Celtic found it hard to produce any fluent attacking football.

Their increased tempo early in the second paid off with another sublime goal from Griffiths.

There seemed little danger when he picked up possession at the left edge of box but he weaved past two challenges before stabbing a left-foot shot beyond the onrushing Clark, his 31st league goal.

St Johnstone were gifted the chance of a quick equaliser in the 55th minute when Johansen was caught in possession on the edge of his own penalty area and veteran striker MacLean finished with aplomb.

The game looked to be drifting towards a draw before Ambrose tangled with Bailly and Cummins tapped home to make it four straight post-split wins for Tommy Wright's side.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 12Clark
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 6AndersonBooked at 35mins
  • 3Scobbie
  • 24Easton
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 20Brown
  • 26Craig
  • 16SwansonBooked at 61minsSubstituted forDoyleat 90'minutes
  • 9MacLeanBooked at 57mins
  • 25KaneSubstituted forCumminsat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mannus
  • 5Doyle
  • 11Sutton
  • 18Cummins
  • 31Hurst
  • 44McCawl
  • 66Krachunov

Celtic

  • 26Bailly
  • 22JankoSubstituted forRalstonat 74'minutes
  • 4Ambrose
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 25JohansenBooked at 28minsSubstituted forBittonat 66'minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 27Roberts
  • 19AllanSubstituted forRogicat 80'minutes
  • 17Christie
  • 9Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 6Bitton
  • 14Armstrong
  • 18Rogic
  • 38Fasan
  • 49Forrest
  • 51Ralston
  • 63Tierney
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
5,959

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 2, Celtic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 2, Celtic 1.

Attempt saved. Ryan Christie (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Michael Doyle replaces Danny Swanson.

Foul by Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone).

Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Tomas Rogic replaces Scott Allan.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 2, Celtic 1. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Anthony Ralston replaces Saidy Janko.

Attempt missed. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Nir Bitton replaces Stefan Johansen.

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Ryan Christie (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone).

Saidy Janko (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Graham Cummins replaces Christopher Kane.

Attempt missed. Patrick Roberts (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone).

Patrick Roberts (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 1, Celtic 1. Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 0, Celtic 1. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone).

Scott Allan (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Craig (St. Johnstone).

Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Celtic).

Second Half

Second Half begins St. Johnstone 0, Celtic 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, St. Johnstone 0, Celtic 0.

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Allan (Celtic).

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic37258486315583
2Aberdeen36225962431971
3Hearts361710956381861
4St Johnstone37167145653355
5Motherwell37155174756-950
6Ross County37136185161-1045
7Inverness CT371310145048249
8Dundee371115115353048
9Partick Thistle37129163948-945
10Hamilton37119174061-2142
11Kilmarnock3799193960-2136
12Dundee Utd3777234168-2725
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