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Summary

  1. Champions visited McDiarmid Park
  2. Saints move above Dundee United into fourth place
  3. Points shared in exciting match in Perth

Live Reporting

By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Thanks for your company and contributions this evening. I hope you can join my colleagues tomorrow when they bring you coverage of five Scottish Premiership matches. All the best.

  2. Post update

    The highlights of this are well worth watching. They will be available at midnight on the BBC Sport website.

  3. Post update

    So St Johnstone move in to fourth place in the table but have now played a game more than Dundee United. Remember, whoever comes fourth will play in the Europa League qualifiers if Inverness Caledonian Thistle beat Falkirk in the Scottish Cup final. That's because Inverness have already qualified for Europe by dint of their third-place finish in the Premiership.

  4. Texts to 80295

    J Harkins: "I shut my eyes every time Ambrose gets the ball. The trouble is, so does Ambrose."

    Gizgaz: "There you go, tells a story about what happens with a bonus structure."

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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    "I thought it was open, way too far open. I don't like when games are like that. That pitch is very poor, so hard to control the ball. We had some good performances, I think James Forrest was good on the right side. Lukasz (Zaluska) was unbelievable, very good for him and for us. I'm not so happy, but we didn't lose, we didn't concede any goals. We have an opportunity to break a clean sheet record - 17 games is the lowest, I think - so it is going to be an important game when we host Inverness."

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    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

    "I don't think there was much bad finishing, it was good goalkeeping and bad luck. We can play decent football, that was a 90-minute performance. Yet we're pleased to win a point because Alan Mannus pulled off a great save at the end. Us older managers know how to get players through a season. I think we use the squad really well. That's why at this time of the season I think we are working really well."

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    Former Aberdeen manager Willie Miller

    "Tommy Wright will be bemoaning the fact that they had enough chances to win two or three chances and they didn't take them. But he will be more than delighted with their performance. If they played like that in every game not only would they be fighting for fourth place, they'd be higher!"

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    Former Aberdeen manager Willie Miller

    "James Forrest went off the pitch looking distraught."

  9. Text to 80295

    Alex, Greenock: "Mulgrew slots back in naturally yet I think Ambrose needs a few seasons in the juniors to learn how to defend, he is not a defender." Harsh words, Alex!

  10. STAT ATTACK

    My colleague John Barnes loves a stat and he tells me that Celtic have now kept a clean sheet on 30 occasions this season out of 60 matches.

  11. FULL-TIME

    St Johnstone 0-0 Celtic

    My-oh-my, what an effort by St Johnstone to win that match. They are the only team to have beaten Celtic in the league since the turn of the year but they just could not do it again tonight. What a great game.

  12. HITS THE WOODWORK

    It's the second time St Johnstone have hit the post this evening, this time Murray Davidson the unlucky man in blue. At the other end, rounding off a four-on-two break, Leigh Griffiths draws a superb save from Alan Mannus with a shot from eight yards.

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    James Forrest is incredulous as he misses an empty net

    Celtic winger James Forrest is incredulous as he misses an empty net from six yards.

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    James in Leicester discusses our pal Logan in Perth: "Logan is part of the Celtic family, we're everywhere and we're not apologising for it."

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    It's Celtic who push forward with three minutes to go. It really would be sore on the home team if they were to lose it now. They have looked the more determined team tonight, yet Celtic have had chances too.

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    Emilio Izaguirre possibly got a touch to knock James McFadden's header on to the post. He leapt to try to head it clear.

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    Incredibly, Celtic winger James Forrest misses an empty goal from about six yards having rounded Alan Mannus. TV replays show the ball bobbled slightly just as he swung his boot, but an amazing miss all the same.

  18. HITS THE WOODWORK

    James McFadden hits the post with a flashing header!

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    What on earth was Steven Anderson thinking about there? He looks to the heavens after he balloons a shot, or was it a cross, high, high into the night sky and over the bar.

  20. Tweets using #bbcscotfootball

    bringthemonjpn: "#bbcscotfootball Yes, Celtic unable to score away from home once again. Troubling times for the manager."

  21. Post update

    Former Scotland favourite James McFadden replaces Steven MacLean, who has had a quiet match up front for Saints.

  22. CLOSE!

    Michael O'Halloran does well to cut inside and crack a low shot in at the Celtic goal where Lukasz Zaluska is well positioned.

  23. YELLOW CARD

    St Johnstone's Danny Swanson is next to go in to the ref's book, for a sneaky clip at James Forrest's ankles.

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    Michael O'Halloran opts to shoot from 25 yards but his effort blazes over.

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    Saints defender Steven Anderson out-paces Leigh Griffiths in a race from the halfway line. He knocks it back to his goalie and makes himself available for the pass as Saints try to keep up the momentum.

  26. YELLOW CARD

    Celtic midfielder Scott Brown is booked for sending Danny Swanson spinning.

  27. Text to 80295

    Anonymous: "Hey Logan (21:05) why don't you give support to your local team!!"

  28. Post update

    Two changes for Celtic: Emilio Izaguirre replaces Celtic's 17-year-old left-back Kieran Tierney and Kris Commons comes on for Stefan Scepovic.

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    And Mulgrew, in his first appearance since December, gets up well above Steven Anderson to head straight at keeper Alan Mannus at the back post. It was a very tight angle to score from, mind you.

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    Charlie Mulgrew

    Celtic's versatile Charlie Mulgrew has been thrown into defence duties on his return.

  31. Post update

    Stefan Scepovic is preparing to come on for Celtic...

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    Danny Swanson shows a few lovely touches to control the bouncing ball, dink it over his opponent and start an attack.

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    BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod

    "Fourth place could mean European football, Europa League qualifying, but it would mean a very early start for St Johnstone. They are used to that now."

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    Leigh Griffiths rises well to head flick on to Kris Commons at the back post but the Celtic attacker is off balance and shoots wide from close range.

  35. Text to 80295

    Logan from Perth: "Celtic really need 2 switch on!!! We r getting dominated!!"

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    Stuart Armstrong slides the ball in to the path of Celtic team-mate Scott Brown whose snap shot sails over the bar of Alan Mannus.

  37. Post update

    Half an hour to go in Perth.

  38. Post update

    This half has been a bit more tame in terms of goal chances, but again it's the home side who look the more likely to score.

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    Good to see Michael O'Halloran sporting a wide grin, despite not converting those first-half chances. He was out-muscled by Celtic's Stuart Armstrong as he chased a long ball there.

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    With Lukasz Zaluska rushing off his line, Charlie Mulgrew slides in to clip the ball away from Michael O'Halloran just as the Saints striker was about to shoot.

  41. CLOSE!

    Tom Scobbie has a free header 12 yards from goal but cannot find the breakthrough, thanks to a save by Lukasz Zaluska in the Celtic net.

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    Celtic enjoy possession for a few minutes as they try to get a grip on the game.

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    Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska

    Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska has been exposed on a few occasions at McDiarmid Park as the team miss the soothing presence of Virgil van Dijk at the back.

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    David Wotherspoon's corner is attacked by the on-rushing Steven Anderson who heads wide as Celtic are almost caught cold at the beginning of the half.

  45. KICK-OFF

    Celtic duo Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons get the second half under way.

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    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright could do with all three points this evening as they try to finish ahead of Dundee United and clinch fourth place in the Scottish Premiership.

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    Celtic make a change to their line-up for the second half, as Charlie Mulgrew comes on for Jason Denayer.

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    Charlie from Perth: "St Johnstone causing problems. Are you sure these guys are the champions?"

  49. Post update

    Celtic have had a couple of really good chances. Leigh Griffiths knocked an Efe Ambrose header at goal with his knee from six yards and somehow Alan Mannus kept it out, and skipper Scott Brown had a header cleared off the line by Chris Millar, tucked against his right-hand post.

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    While we wait for the second half to begin, some signing news for Championship promotion hopefuls Queen of the South.. They have extended the contracts of Mark Millar and Lewis Kidd, keeping both at Palmerston until 2016.

    Millar, 27, has made 14 appearances for the Doonhamers since joining from Peterhead in January.

    Kidd moved to Dumfries after being released by Celtic.

    "The signing of the two along with the re-signings that we've already made shows the intentions we have," said manager James Fowler.

    "Mark is a quality player, who brings a lot of experience to the side. He joined us in the middle of this campaign, so it's great to get him tied up ready for pre-season where we hope to utilise his quality to help develop the younger players.

    "As for Lewis, he is a player who has come on leaps and bounds, his progression through the season has been massive. He's another youngster who has impressed me and another who I believe has a huge future ahead of him.

    "Talks with other players are still on going and we'll look to bring in others over the summer."

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    Celtic's James Forrest battles with Danny Swanson

    Celtic's James Forrest and St Johnstone's Danny Swanson have looked in the mood to attack this evening.

  52. Post update

    It looks like all is working smoothly again with our live text commentary. Sorry for the disruption earlier. Well done, BBC engineers, for fixing things.

  53. Post update

    That was a decent half. St Johnstone had enough chances to win a few games, with Michael O'Halloran guilty of wasting two headers from close range. However, he has continued to show for the ball and will be determined to makes amends after the break, you imagine.

  54. HALF-TIME

    St Johnstone 0-0 Celtic

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    And after all that, Danny Swanson's free-kick is headed clear by Jason Denayer. Celtic break quickly but show too much of the ball to big Brian Easton who knocks it to safety.

  56. YELLOW CARD

    In a fiery wee exchange, Steven Anderson is held back by Leigh Griffiths deep on the left wing and Saints have a free-kick in a dangerous position. Kris Commons is booked for refusing to get back 10 yards.

  57. Post update

    Scott Brown's header is saved by Alan Mannus and the Northern Irishman is to the rescue once more as he races from his goal-line to get a toe to the ball as Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths rounds him. He had to get that challenge spot on or he would have been off the pitch.

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    Former Aberdeen defender Willie Miller

    "Brian Easton is struggling defensively. He does not have the pace. James Forrest is just knocking the ball past him. All the problems for St Johnstone are coming down the right."

  59. YELLOW CARD

    Clash of the captains... Chris Millar is booked by Crawford Allan, perhaps for the trip on Scott Brown or maybe for a bit of back-chat.

  60. Post update

    Saints' David Wotherspoon turns on a sixpence and pings in a shot from 12 yards that Lukasz Zaluska can only parry a few yards out. Murray Davidson is first to react but can't direct the ball into the net. Celtic are living dangerously.

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    Kieran Tierney does well down the left flank for Celtic but is eventually thwarted.

  62. CLOSE!

    Kris Commons takes Scott Brown's pass and smashes a shot from 25 yards that flashes past Alan Mannus's left-hand post.

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    Lukasz Zaluska gets some protection from referee Crawford Allan as a posse of blue shirts rises to compete for a high corner kick.

  64. YELLOW CARD

    Celtic full-back Adam Matthews is booked for a tackle on Danny Swanson.

  65. Post update

    Former Celtic youth striker Michael O'Halloran runs 25 yards at the visitors' defence and cracks a shot at goal, where Lukasz Zaluska saves with his feet. David Wotherspoon is next to have a go with a lovely curling shot with his left foot but it darts a few feet wide.

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    Substitute Charlie Mulgrew is sent out to warm up. I wonder if Celtic manager Ronny Deila is planning to make a change - Saints have the upper hand. They are playing with great intensity.

  67. CLOSE!

    Steven Anderson curls in a left-footed cross from the wing, setting up Michael O'Halloran perfectly, but the St Johnstone striker heads the ball down into the turf rather than rippling the net. How many chances do Saints need to score here?!

  68. CLOSE!

    Celtic defender Efe Ambrose makes a goal-saving clearance over his own bar to knock Gary Miller's header clear.

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    Unmarked Saints striker Michael O'Halloran takes his eye off the ball for a second and mis-judges a long diagonal cross that lands about eight yards from goal. He should have done better there.

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    Murray Davidson and Kris Commons

    Murray Davidson looks on as Celtic midfielder Kris Commons has a pop at goal.

  72. GREAT SAVE!

    St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson attempts a Dave Narey-against-Brazil-style "toe poke" from 20 yards and it takes an acrobatic save by Lukasz Zaluska to keep the match goalless.

  73. CLOSE!

    Stuart Armstrong runs down the left for Celtic and passes the ball infield to James Forrest whose chipped attempt at goal is diverted for a corner. From there, Efe Ambrose heads the ball towards goal and Leigh Griffiths goes very close to scoring his 20th goal of the season, but Saints keeper Alan Mannus manages to save his effort from six yards.

  74. Post update

    Michael O'Halloran tries an ambitious shot from the right-hand side of the Celtic penalty box, with Jason Denayer blocking a more obvious shooting position.

  75. Post update

    If you were trying to access the live text earlier, apologies! We had a BBC technical "freeze". Thank you for joining me this evening.

  76. Post update

    Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson

    "Celtic are passing the ball from side to side and making St Johnstone really work just now."

  77. KICK-OFF

    And St Johnstone get the match under way.

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    Kick-off approaches in Perth. Midfielder Chris Millar leads St Johnstone out.

  79. Text to 80295

    Davie: "Tommy Wright IS right, we've qualified for Europe 3 years in a row and depending on results could make it 4! Won the Scottish cup on our budget! Let's have another Swanson screamer the night and beat Celtic again! COYS!"

  80. Text to 80295

    Al fae Perth: "About the St.Johnstone team getting due credit. What has Yogi done this year that Tommy Wright has not done previously? As for Mr Cosgrove talking on Saints, I'm not convinced he knows that much about football. By his own admission, he says he only watches Saints no regard for the opposition. Really! If he doesn't see what they are doing how can he know what the Saints players jobs are & if they are playing well! Like many so called supporters blinkered & only watch one team. Sad, missing out on so much about a match."

  81. LINE-UPS AT McDIARMID PARK

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Miller, Anderson, Scobbie, Easton, Wotherspoon, Millar, Davidson, Swanson, MacLean, O'Halloran. Subs: Lappin, Wright, Graham, Banks, Caddis, McFadden, Kane.

    Celtic: Zaluska, Matthews, Ambrose, Denayer, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Forrest, Commons, Mackay-Steven, Griffiths. Subs: Izaguirre, Guidetti, Scepovic, Rogic, Mulgrew, Fasan, Fisher.

    Referee: Crawford Allan

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    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

    "When you play a team with so much quality, 1-11 have to play at their best. We are looking forward to the game and hopefully we can get three points. It's unfair to think if we get fourth place we'll get Europe because that would do (Scottish Cup finalists) Falkirk a disservice. I think we've only lost two out of the last 10 or 11 games. In possession we are very good, out of possession we could be better. Tom Scobbie comes in to play at left centre-back."

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Mark Wilson

    "St Johnstone don't have the talent that Celtic have, the match-winners like Kris Commons or Gary Mackay-Steven."

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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    "We have to be up for the fight and play quite direct ourselves because of the pitch. We will get chances but we have to defend very well. We are going all over to speak to players. It's not about numbers, it's about quality. We want to add players that will make us better. St Johnstone will be tough opponents."

  85. TEAM NEWS FROM McDIARMID PARK

    Kieran Tierney makes his first start for Celtic. The 17-year-old defender is one of six changes made by manager Ronny Deila with keeper Lukasz Zaluska, Adam Matthews, Efe Ambrose, Gary Mackay-Steven and James Forrest also drafted in for the penultimate league fixture.

    Saints skipper Dave Mackay misses out ahead of surgery on a long-standing hip problem on Saturday, while Frazer Wright drops to the bench, with Brian Easton and Gary Miller coming in as replacements as the home side continue their quest for a European spot.

  86. Post update

    Good evening. Our game this evening is St Johnstone's Scottish Premier League match against Celtic, who arrive as league champions. The Perth Saints need a win to put the pressure on Dundee United as they seek a fourth-place finish in the league and a possible European spot.