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The official flags Shaun Maloney offside. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Short corner taken by Liam Craig.
Liam Craig takes a short corner.
Shaun Maloney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Adam Matthews produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Patrick McCourt challenges Murray Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Callum Davidson on Patrick McCourt. Callum Davidson shown a yellow card. Shot comes in from Shaun Maloney from the free kick.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes the outswinging corner, Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the right by-line, clearance by Liam Craig.
Anthony Stokes has an effort at goal from inside the penalty box that bounces off the post.
James Forrest sends in a cross, clearance by David McCracken.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Murray Davidson goes wide left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Mark Wilson from the left by-line.
David McCracken gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney. The referee shows David McCracken a yellow card. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
(Celtic) makes a substitution, with James Forrest coming on for Joe Ledley.
The referee blows for offside. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Patrick McCourt is caught offside. Peter Enckelman takes the indirect free kick.
Marcus Haber replaces Francisco Sandaza.
Centre by Adam Matthews, clearance by David McCracken.
Short corner taken by Patrick McCourt from the left by-line.
Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Wilson on David MacKay. Direct free kick taken by David McCracken.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Sean Higgins. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by David MacKay.
Outswinging corner taken by Liam Craig from the left by-line.
Sean Higgins comes on in place of Cillian Sheridan.
Kris Commons goes off and Patrick McCourt comes on.
Goal scored by David MacKay from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 0-1 St Johnstone.Assist on the goal came from Liam Craig.
Callum Davidson takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
The ball is delivered by Kris Commons, Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
The official flags Mark Wilson offside. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Effort from inside the six-yard box by Cillian Sheridan goes wide right of the goal.
Kris Commons produces a cross, save by Peter Enckelman.
Corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line, clearance made by David McCracken.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. David McCracken makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons from the left by-line, clearance by Liam Craig.
Scott Brown takes a shot. Clearance by Jody Morris.
Close range headed effort by Anthony Stokes goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Adam Matthews crosses the ball.
Joe Ledley concedes a free kick for a foul on Cillian Sheridan. Free kick taken by David McCracken.
Kris Commons produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
Mark Wilson on for Charlie Mulgrew.
Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, Anthony Stokes produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Sung-Yeung Ki. Liam Craig goes into the book. Kris Commons produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, David MacKay makes a clearance.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot. Liam Craig gets a block in.
Jody Morris crosses the ball, Fraser Forster makes a save.
Centre by Liam Craig.
The official flags Francisco Sandaza offside. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Victor Wanyama challenges Francisco Sandaza unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Maybury.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Francisco Sandaza. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Scott Brown challenges Murray Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jody Morris.
The offside flag is raised against Shaun Maloney. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Charlie Mulgrew takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Kris Commons concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Maybury. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is sent over by Adam Matthews, Header from close in by Shaun Maloney misses to the left of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line, clearance made by Adam Matthews.
The ball is delivered by David MacKay, clearance made by Daniel Majstorovic.
Outswinging corner taken by Liam Craig, clearance made by Victor Wanyama.
Liam Craig crosses the ball, Scott Brown makes a clearance.
Daniel Majstorovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francisco Sandaza. Liam Craig takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by David MacKay results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line, Daniel Majstorovic manages to make a clearance.
Close range shot by Anthony Stokes goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is swung over by Shaun Maloney, Shot from close range by Kris Commons misses to the right of the goal.
Anthony Stokes produces a cross, clearance made by David MacKay.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Cillian Sheridan. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Matthews.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, Charlie Mulgrew takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Shaun Maloney, David McCracken makes a clearance.
Liam Craig delivers the ball, Fraser Forster makes a save.
Liam Craig delivers the ball, save by Fraser Forster.
Outswinging corner taken by Liam Craig, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
Peter Enckelman concedes a Penalty for a foul on Anthony Stokes. Penalty taken by Kris Commons saved by Peter Enckelman. Celtic 0-0 St Johnstone.
Lennon set for Sheridan return
Neil Lennon expects St Johnstone striker Cillian Sheridan to be looking to prove a point when he returns to Parkhead on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Irishman had four years at Celtic as a youngster during which he had loan spells at Motherwell, Plymouth and the Perth club before he left to join Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia in 2010.
Saints boss Derek McInnes snapped up the striker on another loan deal in the summer and he will lead the line on Sunday - with the Celtic boss wary.
"Cillian is still young player but when he is on form he can be unplayable at times," said Lennon. "He can be a real handful and I think he might want to come here and prove a point.
"We felt the time was right for him to move on and he wanted to move on himself.
"I don't know how things have worked out over there (Bulgaria) but he is back in Scotland and he has been on loan at St Johnstone before, and had a pretty successful spell there."
While Celtic failed to break down Sion`s defence in the first-leg of their Europa League play-off at Parkhead on Thursday night, they will be firm favourites to continue their 100% record in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League by taking three points from St Johnstone, who have only one point from three games.
However, Lennon knows they will have to get past a St Johnstone defence who will be every bit as resolute as that of the Swiss side who held out for a goalless draw.
He said: "St Johnstone played very well here last year and it took us until the 90th minute to get the result we were looking for.
"They are pretty dogged at times and Derek has them well organised. They haven't made a great start to the season but again they will be difficult to break down."
Skipper Scott Brown, who is "very close" to signing a new contract, insists the Hoops players have recovered from their Europa League disappointment.
"We were a wee bit down but at the end of the day we are still in it and we have another game to look forward to," said the Scotland midfielder.
"We didn't have the best game on Thursday but we still managed to keep a clean sheet and keep us in the tie.
"There is another 90 minutes to prove ourselves and I'm sure we will do that. But we have a big game coming up on Sunday so we have to concentrate on that first."
Brown is a doubt for Celtic. The Hoops' captain struggled through the game against Sion with an ankle injury and will be monitored.
Defender Kelvin Wilson missed that game with a leg injury and is very doubtful.
St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes insists there is no need to panic about their early season form despite still searching for their first win and first goal of the new campaign.
Saints have just a single point on the board so far following a goalless draw at Aberdeen in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League opener, having since suffered defeats to Rangers and Dunfermline.
They now face another difficult task in overcoming Celtic at Parkhead with the Hoops keen to bounce back from their goalless draw against Sion.
But McInnes still has every faith in his players to produce the goods this season.
He said: "We got a decent point in the first game of the season against Aberdeen and we had a decent performance against Rangers, although we didn't get anything from it.
"We can't hide from the fact that it was a disappointing result last week but I thought we did enough to win the game.
"There is no panic. That's for other people. I've got a belief in how we work and a belief in the players that we will have a decent season this year."
Saints suffered a 1-0 defeat to newly-promoted Dunfermline last week and McInnes added: "We were up for last week's game, it was just a disappointing result.
"If I was to analyse the performance, I thought we were the better side but it was a missed opportunity.
"No disrespect to Dunfermline but it was three points we were hoping to pick up. We'll just need to try to get those three points back somewhere down the line.
"It was a sore one to take but we are only three games in and we have had three half-decent performances and there is still more to come from us.
"There is room for improvement and, like a lot of teams, we will get better as we go along and hopefully we will see an improvement again come Sunday."
Looking ahead to the trip to the east end of Glasgow, McInnes said: "The encouraging thing for me is in the last two performances against Celtic we have been much closer to them and we've always been in the game.
"For me, that bodes well and it's encouraging."
St Johnstone will be without Kevin Moon, who is likely to be sidelined for a few weeks with a broken bone in his hand.
Chris Millar is still out with a groin injury but Callum Davidson has recovered from a thigh problem and Carl Finnigan should make the clash despite slight concerns over a hamstring strain.
Mackay stuns Celtic
David Mackay scored St Johnstone's first Clydesdale Bank Premier League goal of the season to give the Perth men their first win at Celtic Park in 13 years.
Peter Enckelman saved Kris Commons' penalty after three minutes and the Saints goalkeeper went on to enjoy a fine afternoon with a string of saves.
Mackay's deflected shot on the hour mark sealed a miserable day for the Parkhead side who hit the woodwork through Commons and substitute Paddy McCourt.
Defeat adds to manager Neil Lennon concerns ahead of Thursday night's Europa League play-off second leg against Sion in Switzerland following their goalless draw in the first game.
First of all he may have to address the subject of penalties, an on-going problem for Celtic.
Anthony Stokes, Georgios Samaras and Gary Hooper all missed penalties last season with the latter also missing at Hibernian on the first day of the season.
However, there was more to Celtic's defeat than the penalty miss but the Saints players could not have cared less as they took the acclaim of their fans at the end.
The dropping of striker Samaras, who bore the brunt of the criticism from the Hoops fans during the first-leg clash three days previously, was expected but perhaps more surprisingly both full-backs Mark Wilson and Cha Du-ri also started on the bench.
New signing Victor Wanyama came in to make his SPL debut alongside Daniel Majstorovic at the heart of the Celtic defence with Shaun Maloney making his first start of the season and Adam Matthews in at right-back.
St Johnstone also showed three changes with Kevin Moon, Marcus Haber and Carl Finnigan out and Callum Davidson, Alan Maybury and Francisco Sandaza coming in.
Celtic had the chance to take the lead in the third minute when they were awarded a penalty by referee Brian Winter after he adjudged Enckelman to have up-ended Stokes in the box after the Irishman had raced through on to a fine Matthews pass.
The Saints goalkeeper made up for his transgression, however, by diving to his right to save Commons' spot-kick.
Celtic shrugged off the missed opportunity to pin St Johnstone back and Stokes drilled an angled-shot past the far post after working some space for himself inside the Saints' box.
It was one-way traffic and Enckelman smothered Charlie Mulgrew's right-footed drive at his near post.
Seven minutes from the break Ki Sung-yueng's long-distance drive was deflected just past the post but the home side could not capitalise on the corner.
Moments later, when Saints midfielder Murray Davidson fouled the South Korean 25 yards out, Commons struck the post with his flighted free-kick.
Celtic were getting closer and had another chance a minute from the break when Stokes was slipped in by Joe Ledley but Enckelman dived at his feet to make a crucial save and keep the visitors on level terms going in to the second half.
Wilson replaced Mulgrew for the start of the second half and Celtic resumed their control of the game.
But Enckelman was proving to be inspired and the Parkhead men were fortunate not to concede in the 55th minute in a rare Saints' attack.
Maybury's swirling cross to the back post was met by Liam Craig who steered it back across the six-yard box but Sheridan arrived just too late to slide it in to the empty net.
Enckelman proved his worth again moments later when he made a good block from Stokes' close-range header after the former Hibernian striker had leapt to reach Commons' cross.
Then Hoops keeper Fraser Forster made a decent block from Jody Morris' drive but on the hour mark the visitors took a sensational lead.
When Craig's ball from the left arrived at Mackay at the far side of the box, the Saints defender drilled the ball towards goal and it appeared to take a nick off Murray Davidson before speeding past Forster.
McCourt came on for Commons to provide some much-needed inspiration but the anxiety which had gripped Celtic Park and the home defence looked like helping Saints grab their second.
The Parkhead men stepped up the pressure though, and McCourt side-footed a shot against the post after weaving his way in to the St Johnstone box before Enckelman made another good save from a Stokes header.
There was another penalty claim when Stokes went down under a challenge from Mackay in the box but Winter ignored it.
In the 83rd minute Callum Davidson tripped McCourt 20 yards out but Maloney fired the free-kick wide to sum up a miserable afternoon for the home side.
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