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Celtic 0-0 St Johnstone

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland

Celtic were held to a scoreless draw by a dogged St Johnstone side but the Premiership leaders increased their advantage at the top to nine points.

David Wotherspoon headed over as Saints created the better openings in the first half.

Charly Musonda had two efforts saved as Celtic improved after the break.

Scott Sinclair was also denied by St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus as the Perth side ended a run of three defeats.

Tommy Wright's team, who drew at Celtic Park for the second time this season, move three points clear of Partick Thistle and four clear of the bottom two places.

Saints could have fallen behind when Kristoffer Ajer headed towards goal at an early Celtic corner, Mannus making the save and Steven Anderson completing the clearance.

Soon after, Mannus' opposite number Dorus de Vries miscued a clearance and Celtic conceded a corner but the Dutchman put that behind him with a confident claim from the cross.

Saints grew in confidence as they kept the champions, who had made seven changes following Thursday's win over Zenit St Petersburg, at bay.

Kristoffer Ajer, Eboue Kouassi and Matty Willock
Saints were good value for their point after restricting Celtic to few chances

And that was evident when Blair Alston crossed for Wotherspoon, who could not keep his header down.

Wotherspoon then laid off a free-kick for Richard Foster to fire over and, at the other end, a set piece shot from Odsonne Edouard drifted wide of the Saints goal.

Celtic were more forceful after the break and Sinclair set up Edouard but his shot deflected high into the air for Mannus to collect.

Mannus was called into action again to turn wide an awkward Musonda shot after the on-loan Chelsea winger had gone on a mazy run.

Another Musonda effort, a free-kick, dipped at a good height for Mannus to beat away.

The returning Tom Rogic as well as Edouard and Calvin Miller were replaced during the second half as first-team regulars James Forrest, Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney were sent on to give the hosts more impetus.

Matty Willock came on for Saints debutant George Williams and got in behind the Celtic defence but could not find a team-mate with his cutback.

Sinclair forced Mannus into a save with a volley as Celtic threatened at a corner and the champions could not find a way through.

Brendan Rodgers' side play their return leg against Zenit in Russia on Thursday.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24de Vries
  • 12Gamboa
  • 4Hendry
  • 35Ajer
  • 59MillerSubstituted forTierneyat 79'minutes
  • 88Kouassi
  • 42McGregor
  • 67Musonda
  • 18RogicSubstituted forForrestat 61'minutes
  • 11Sinclair
  • 22EdouardSubstituted forDembeleat 73'minutes


  • 5Simunovic
  • 10Dembele
  • 29Bain
  • 49Forrest
  • 55McInroy
  • 56Ralston
  • 63Tierney

St Johnstone

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Mannus
  • 15Kerr
  • 5Shaughnessy
  • 6Anderson
  • 4AlstonBooked at 90mins
  • 7MillarSubstituted forCraigat 89'minutes
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 76mins
  • 10WotherspoonBooked at 90mins
  • 19FosterBooked at 45minsSubstituted forTanserat 59'minutes
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forWillockat 65'minutes
  • 9MacLean


  • 3Tanser
  • 12Clark
  • 17Johnstone
  • 20McClean
  • 25Kane
  • 26Craig
  • 28Willock
John Beaton

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamSt Johnstone
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 0, St. Johnstone 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Charly Musonda (Celtic).

  4. Post update

    Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Booking

    Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Blair Alston (St. Johnstone).

  8. Booking

    David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone).

  11. Post update

    Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Liam Craig replaces Chris Millar.

  14. Post update

    James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Matty Willock (St. Johnstone).

  16. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Eboue Kouassi.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Dembele (Celtic).

  19. Post update

    Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Joe Shaughnessy.

As It Stood

9St Johnstone2576122236-1427
10Partick Thistle2766152545-2024
12Ross County2756162946-1721
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