“Faultless”, “Player of the year”: Celtic fans heap the praise on star man after brilliant performance in 2-0 win vs St.Johnstone + Match report

Celtic 2-0 St.Johnstone: Dominant Hoops beat Saints to remain six points clear

Celtic beat St.Johnstone 2-0 and were able to make it look like a walk in the park. They were completely dominant and gave the opposition no chance of a getting a reward for their efforts.

They came into this game hoping to maintain their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table. Even with all the pace that Celtic produce up front, it looked like the Saints were ready to press them and keep a high line.

As the half wore on, Celtic slowly began to dominate possession and even though they were able to knock the ball around comfortably, all the action was in front of the two lines of Saints defenders.

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The Hoops kept on pushing and had a couple of half chances that were either wide or blocked by a defender but they weren’t able to test the keeper. Saints’ chances were few and far between as well and they were doing most of the defending in this match.

It was clear that Celtic needed to inject more pace into their play to really get past the stubborn defence and as the game went into half-time, the frustration was beginning to become clear.

The second haft began with a bigger impetus on high intensity and attacking play, and they were able to move the ball around with more confidence. They began to unlock new spaces that were unavailable to them in the first half.

Celtic's Callum McGregor scores his side's first goal of the game

With just 8 minutes gone in the 2nd half, the Hoops opened the scoring when a pass from Lustig found McGregor in the midfield. He took a couple of touches to set himself before launching a low shot.

It sped towards the bottom corner and the diving Clark could only watch as it nestled in the bottom corner to break the deadlock. The Saints’ defensive stability seemed to drop after this as they weren’t as solid as they were in the first half.

It took them just two minutes to find the second goal of the night. The ball was fed to Ryan Christie at the edge of the box. He took a deft touch which effectively took two defenders out of the equation.

Ryan Christie makes the points safe for Celtic

He then burst into the area with pace and curled a beautiful shot past the hapless Clark. After this, Celtic were comfortable and with their experience and know-how, they were able to control the game.

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As the minutes wore on, Celtic really came into the game as they began to create an amazing number of chances but even with Timothy Weah coming on, there was no third goal in this game as they win 2-0 to keep their 6-point lead at the top of the table.

Here’s what some overjoyed Celtic fans had to say on Twitter:

Written by Nikhil Vinod

As Le Professeur famously said, If you do not believe you can do it, then you have no chance at all.
Diving and play-acting is a crime and is destroying the beautiful game.
Massive sports enthusiast with a special affection for football.
Sports Management graduate from Coventry University, UK.


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