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Sung-Yeung Ki gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 St Johnstone.Assist on the goal came from Olivier Kapo.
Goal scored by Du-Ri Cha from 30 yards to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 St Johnstone.Du-Ri Cha goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Beram Kayal on for Patrick McCourt. Jennison Myrie-Williams on for Liam Craig.
Michael Duberry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes. Direct free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
The referee books Sam Parkin for unsporting behaviour. Booking for Daniel Majstorovic. Sam Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick McCourt. Strike on goal comes in from Sung-Yeung Ki from the free kick.
Olivier Kapo takes a shot.
Scott Brown fouled by Sam Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Brown restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Patrick McCourt on David MacKay, free kick awarded. David MacKay takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Sung-Yeung Ki misses to the right of the target.
David MacKay fouled by Olivier Kapo, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Duberry takes the free kick.
Collin Samuel leaves the field to be replaced by Peter MacDonald.
Shot from outside the box by Steve May misses to the left of the goal.
Daryl Murphy goes off and Olivier Kapo comes on.
Steve May joins the action as a substitute, replacing Cleveland Taylor.
The ball is sent over by Patrick McCourt, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki to the near post, clearance by Daniel Grainger.
Centre by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance by Michael Duberry.
Michael Duberry fouled by Daryl Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Chris Millar takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
The ball is delivered by Du-Ri Cha, clearance by Michael Duberry.
The ball is swung over by Anthony Stokes, Alan Maybury makes a clearance.
Scott Brown takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre by Michael Duberry. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Michael Duberry.
The ball is swung over by Emilio Izaguirre.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cleveland Taylor by Emilio Izaguirre. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Anthony Stokes on for Georgios Samaras.
Unfair challenge on Cleveland Taylor by Emilio Izaguirre results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cleveland Taylor on Du-Ri Cha. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
Alan Maybury goes into the referee's book. Foul by Alan Maybury on Niall McGinn, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Sung-Yeung Ki from the free kick, David MacKay gets a block in.
Georgios Samaras challenges Michael Duberry unfairly and gives away a free kick. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Georgios Samaras. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Georgios Samaras produces a cross, clearance by Daniel Grainger.
Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Daniel Grainger.
Daryl Murphy produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Shot by Patrick McCourt from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
Patrick McCourt produces a cross, clearance by David MacKay.
Scott Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Daryl Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Anderson. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, save by Peter Enckelman.
Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki to the near post, clearance made by Michael Duberry.
Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance by Daniel Grainger.
Scott Brown sends in a cross, clearance made by Sam Parkin.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes the inswinging corner, save by Peter Enckelman.
Foul by Chris Millar on Georgios Samaras, free kick awarded. Georgios Samaras takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Craig on Sung-Yeung Ki. Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Daryl Murphy. Michael Duberry takes the free kick.
Daryl Murphy produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
Long distance shot from Sam Parkin misses to the left of the target.
Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Michael Duberry.
The ball is swung over by Patrick McCourt, clearance made by David MacKay. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sung-Yeung Ki.
A cross is delivered by Anthony Stokes, save made by Peter Enckelman.
Shot by Daryl Murphy. Save by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is delivered by Georgios Samaras, David MacKay manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sung-Yeung Ki, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Patrick McCourt, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.
Michael Duberry fouled by Georgios Samaras, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
The ball is delivered by Niall McGinn, Patrick McCourt has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
Thomas Rogne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Parkin. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Sung-Yeung Ki, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance. The assistant referee flags for offside against Georgios Samaras. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
The official flags Sam Parkin offside. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Georgios Samaras, save made by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is crossed by Patrick McCourt, clearance by Steven Anderson.
The ball is swung over by Scott Brown, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Daryl Murphy sends in a cross, clearance by Liam Craig.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Majstorovic by Sam Parkin. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Niall McGinn, clearance by Steven Anderson.
A cross is delivered by Georgios Samaras, David MacKay makes a clearance.
The game begins.
It is the end of the first-half.
The referee starts the second half.
The match has reached full-time.
Hooper out for Hoops
Celtic will be without Gary Hooper for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against St Johnstone after the striker was ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.
But Beram Kayal (hernia), Mark Wilson (groin) and Efrain Juarez (illness) are all back in contention, while Scott Brown is pushing for his first start for 10 weeks.
Shaun Maloney (ankle) and Glenn Loovens (knee) remain out.
Neil Lennon has warned any visitors to Celtic Park are in for a shock if they are expecting a vulnerable home side.
Celtic have drawn three consecutive home games ahead of a Parkhead double header against St Johnstone on Boxing Day and Motherwell on Wednesday.
Lennon's side followed late collapses against Dundee United and Inverness with a last-gasp comeback of their own on Tuesday when Thomas Rogne headed home in the 85th minute to earn a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock.
St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes will warn his players not to read too much into Celtic's stuttering form and Lennon has rejected any notion that they are lacking confidence.
"On paper it might look that way but if you saw the game on Tuesday night, particularly the first half, then we could have been four or five up," the Celtic manager said.
"We weren't and that's down to us and a lack of finishing, that's all that was needed.
"I don't know if Kilmarnock have played against a team who have pegged them back so much and put them on the back foot for so long.
"If teams want to come here and think it's an easy ride, then good, let them think that, because it's far from it."
St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes is without suspended duo Jody Morris and Jamie Adams.
Adams serves the second of a two-match ban and Morris also sits out the Boxing Day clash at Celtic Park.
Murray Davidson picked up an ankle knock in training but should be okay for the trip to the east end of Glasgow.
McInnes has urged his players to learn from past mistakes when they face Celtic.
Saints could be forgiven for heading into the Boxing Day clash with a sense of trepidation after suffering back-to-back defeats to the Hoops in October, shipping six goals in the process.
Celtic have failed to win in their last three outings and McInnes knows now is as good a time as any to make amends for that double-header - but only if they can avoid self-inflicted wounds this time around.
"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb in those two games," he said.
"When you play against Rangers and Celtic, you need a solid start and not to concede an early goal. That's exactly what we did. We slit our own throats.
"When Celtic played Kilmarnock the other night, Celtic could have been 3-0 or 4-0 up but Kilmarnock rode their luck. Celtic will try to impose themselves on us and we need to defend much better than we did in the previous two games.
"We need to learn the lessons from those games."
Celtic late show sinks Saints
Celtic left it late to keep their Clydesdale Bank Premier League title challenge alive by scoring twice in injury time against St Johnstone at Parkhead to win 2-0.
Cha Du-ri broke the deadlock with a drive from distance in the first of three added minutes tacked on to a woeful game.
Then, in the last few seconds, fellow Korean Ki Sung-yueng scored a second to send the Hoops fans home happy and keep their side within two points of leaders Rangers, although the Light Blues have a game in hand.
Celtic's fit-again skipper Scott Brown started for the first time since October. The midfielder had returned as a substitute against Kilmarnock in midweek after recovering from a foot injury but was one of three changes Neil Lennon made to his side.
Also included in the starting line-up were Georgios Samaras and Paddy McCourt with Joe Ledley, James Forrest and the injured Gary Hooper missing.
St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes was without suspended duo Jody Morris and Jamie Adams and made three changes to the team that had beaten St Mirren 2-1 in their last outing.
In came Alan Maybury, Collin Samuel and Cleveland Taylor with Peter MacDonald on the bench and Murray Davidson out with an ankle knock.
Celtic had slipped up in recent weeks by drawing their last three home games and were under some pressure to get back on track.
Saints, meanwhile, went into the game having taken seven points from their last three away matches.
The visitors had the glimpse of a chance after only a few seconds when slackness in the Hoops defence allowed Samuel to run through, but the striker overran the ball for a goal kick.
A half-empty Celtic Park saw the home side take control and it soon became clear St Johnstone were content to play counter-attacking football.
But Celtic's first real chance did not arrive until the 19th minute when Niall McGinn's cross from the right found McCourt coming in at the back post, but the Northern Ireland international failed to connect properly and the ball bounced wide.
Celtic looked unconvincing for the most part, with St Johnstone goalkeeper Peter Enckelman having little to deal with directly aside from Daryl Murphy's long-distance effort, which he handled impeccably.
St Johnstone offered little as an attacking force and the home side only increased their corner count.
In a rare St Johnstone attack on the half-hour mark, Maybury drove high over the crossbar from 25 yards after being set up by Chris Millar.
A few minutes later, McCourt darted past a couple of St Johnstone challenges at the edge of the visitors' penalty area but his shot went straight at Enckelman.
Celtic started the second half brightly and within a minute McCourt had gone on a trademark mazy run into the St Johnstone penalty area only to fire wide of the target from six yards.
Murphy had an angled drive from 12 yards saved by Enckelman, but the groans from the home fans grew in volume after Saints midfielder Taylor drilled the ball across Celtic's six-yard box to find no takers.
In the 56th minute, after Maybury had fouled Brown at the edge of the Perth penalty area, Hoops midfielder Ki drove the free-kick straight at the defensive wall to stoke the disgruntlement.
There were loud boos on the hour mark when Anthony Stokes replaced Samaras, the Hoops fans believing there were poorer performers than the Greece striker.
There was a moment of danger for the visitors when Enckelman spilled a low McCourt cutback but St Johnstone defender Michael Duberry was on hand to clear for a corner which again came to nothing.
After Murphy had missed a decent chance while under pressure in the St Johnstone box, he was replaced by Olivier Kapo, who was making his Celtic debut and hit the crossbar with three minutes to go.
However, there was to be late drama when, in the first minute of three added minutes, Cha broke the deadlock with a shot from distance and with almost the last kick of the ball Ki grabbed a second.
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