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Kevin Rutkiewicz challenges Anthony Stokes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sung-Yong Ki takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Niall McGinn from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-3 Celtic.Du-Ri Cha provided the assist for the goal.
Daniel Grainger is shown a red card for second bookable offence. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes by Daniel Grainger. Sung-Yong Ki has an effort direct from the free kick.
Georgios Samaras challenges Michael Duberry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
The official flags Sam Parkin offside. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Georgios Samaras has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Foul by Daniel Grainger on Du-Ri Cha, free kick awarded. Sung-Yong Ki crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Liam Craig.
Sam Parkin fouled by Daniel Majstorovic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kevin Rutkiewicz from own half.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Sam Parkin. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Collin Samuel produces a cross.
Daniel Grainger delivers the ball.
Michael Duberry delivers the ball.
Kevin Rutkiewicz comes on in place of Jennison Myrie-Williams.
The ball is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre.
Marcus Haber gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Wilson. Direct free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
Emilio Izaguirre takes the outswinging corner, Sung-Yong Ki has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Du-Ri Cha sends in a cross, Liam Craig makes a clearance.
Georgios Samaras produces a cross.
Shot from just outside the box by Georgios Samaras misses to the left of the target.
The ball is delivered by Collin Samuel.
Alan Maybury fouled by Anthony Stokes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Corner taken by Sung-Yong Ki from the right by-line, Daniel Majstorovic produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Du-Ri Cha sends in a cross, blocked by David MacKay.
David MacKay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras. Sung-Yong Ki takes the direct free kick.
Niall McGinn takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a comfortable save.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Emilio Izaguirre, Collin Samuel makes a clearance.
Jennison Myrie-Williams challenges Mark Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
The ball is sent over by Marcus Haber, blocked by Mark Wilson.
The ball is sent over by Daniel Grainger, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.
Sam Parkin comes on in place of Steven Milne. Collin Samuel replaces Peter MacDonald.
Foul by Thomas Rogne on Marcus Haber, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Daniel Grainger, save made by Fraser Forster.
Marcus Haber concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Rogne. Thomas Rogne takes the free kick.
Niall McGinn delivers the ball.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Marcus Haber. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
Shot by Jennison Myrie-Williams. Save made by Fraser Forster.
A cross is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance by Daniel Grainger.
Corner taken by Emilio Izaguirre from the left by-line.
Du-Ri Cha takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save.
Peter MacDonald receives a caution. Unfair challenge on Mark Wilson by Peter MacDonald results in a free kick. Sung-Yong Ki crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, David MacKay makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Maybury on Niall McGinn. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
Marcus Haber takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Haber by Sung-Yong Ki. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Effort on goal by Niall McGinn from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Emilio Izaguirre grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Celtic.
The offside flag is raised against Marcus Haber. Thomas Rogne takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Georgios Samaras results in a free kick. David MacKay takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Alan Maybury, Peter MacDonald produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Marcus Haber takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
The ball is crossed by Daniel Grainger, Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.
The ball is crossed by Emilio Izaguirre, blocked by Alan Maybury.
Effort from the edge of the area by Liam Craig goes wide of the right-hand post.
Georgios Samaras produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yong Ki from the right by-line, Alan Maybury makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Anthony Stokes. Chris Millar restarts play with the free kick.
Du-Ri Cha concedes a free kick for a foul on Graeme Smith. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Unfair challenge on Mark Wilson by Peter MacDonald results in a free kick. Mark Wilson takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Niall McGinn goes over the bar.
Jennison Myrie-Williams produces a cross.
Mark Wilson delivers the ball, Anthony Stokes produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Wilson by Chris Millar. Sung-Yong Ki takes the direct free kick.
Daniel Grainger produces a cross, Mark Wilson gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Mark Wilson, Headed effort from inside the area by Anthony Stokes misses to the left of the goal.
Shot by Anthony Stokes. Comfortable save by Graeme Smith.
The offside flag is raised against Emilio Izaguirre. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Effort from the edge of the box by Daniel Grainger goes wide of the left-hand post.
Emilio Izaguirre challenges Jennison Myrie-Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Craig crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.
Marcus Haber concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Rogne. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Thomas Rogne concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Haber. Michael Duberry takes the free kick.
Sung-Yong Ki produces a cross, clearance by David MacKay.
Peter MacDonald challenges Mark Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sung-Yong Ki.
Du-Ri Cha takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Centre by Emilio Izaguirre.
Corner taken left-footed by Emilio Izaguirre from the left by-line, clearance made by Michael Duberry.
Daniel Grainger is cautioned by the ref for dissent.
The referee cautions Niall McGinn for dissent.
Niall McGinn scores a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Celtic.Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Michael Duberry. The ball is sent over by Sung-Yong Ki, Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee signals the end of the game.
No sweeping changes for McInnes
St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes expects to name a similar side to the one who lost to Celtic midweek when they play host to the same team in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Murray Davidson took a knock to his ankle but should be fit as Saints attempt to make amends for their Co-operative Insurance Cup exit.
Graham Gartland and Kevin Moon (both knee) and Jody Morris (rib) are still all out.
McInnes insists his players are relishing the prospect of another tussle with Celtic.
Saints were left reeling when the Hoops raced into a three goal lead in the opening 13 minutes before the home side staged an impressive fightback that saw them just fail to force extra-time as the tie ended 3-2.
"We've still got to be excited about the Old Firm coming to our place," said McInnes.
"It's another big game and we're just hoping we can impose ourselves better than we did the other night.
"Certainly, we hope we can start the game a lot better and give ourselves an opportunity to try and get something from the game.
"We gave ourselves a real uphill struggle the other night but credit to the players for showing the character and determination to get themselves back into the game.
"We didn't do enough to force the game into extra-time and we are out of the cup now so we have to forget about that now.
"We will learn from the game but all our focus and energy is on the league game now. Our job now is to make sure we are ready for the league game on Saturday and we will be."
Celtic striker Gary Hooper is a doubt after he picked up a metatarsal injury in on Wednesday night.
Skipper Shaun Maloney, who missed the trip with an eye injury, is also a doubt.
McGinn doubles up
A Niall McGinn double helped take Celtic level on points with Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers in a comfortable 3-0 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.
The Hoops' wide man had the visitors ahead with just over a minute gone and four minutes from the end of a one-side half, left-back Emilio Izaguirre grabbed the second.
The second period was low-key but four minutes from time Perth defender Danny Grainger, booked for dissent following the opening goal, was awarded a second yellow by referee Calum Murray for a foul on Anthony Stokes.
In the final minute, with Saints' spirit broke, McGinn completed an impressive performance when he scored his second from a Cha Du-Ri pass to put the pressure on Rangers who play Inverness at Ibrox later today.
There was some disruption before the game when Celtic skipper Shaun Maloney, originally on the team sheet after recovering from an eye injury, had to withdraw due to illness.
Cha, dropped for Mark Wilson, was reinstated in midfield while Charlie Mulgrew was called down from the stand to go on the bench.
However, the disruption did little to disrupt the visitors and they took the lead with little over a minute gone, after Perth midfielder Liam Craig had fouled Georgios Samaras.
Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng cut the free-kick back to Stokes whose drive was parried by Saints keeper Graeme Smith to the feet of McGinn who slammed in the rebound from close range.
The Irishman then raced to take the acclaim of the Hoops fans behind the goal which earned him a booking from referee Murray.
The McDiarmid Park pitch had passed a morning inspection following heavy rain but Celtic adapted well and in the eighth minute Ki rattled a drive against the post after taking a clever pass from Stokes, with Cha driving the rebound from distance high over the bar.
The visitors looked in control and in the 19th minute, in a breakaway, Stokes had a low drive from 18 yards saved by Smith before the former Hibernian striker headed a Wilson cross wide from eight yards out.
Moments later Stokes again missed the target from another Wilson cross. It looked ominous for the Perth men.
St Johnstone had rallied from the loss of three early goals against Celtic in their Co-operative Insurance Cup defeat in midweek but there was nothing to encourage the home support.
Everything that went in the Saints box appeared to cause trouble and on the half-hour mark, Samaras blasted high over after being set up by stand-in captain Daniel Majstorovic.
As the first half drew to a close Marcus Haber and Peter MacDonald had efforts but Celtic keeper Fraser Forster remained untroubled.
In the 41st minute the home side were in further trouble when Izaguirre intercepted a slack back pass by Steven Milne at the edge of the box and burst through past Dave Mackay to slip the ball under Smith.
The match looked beyond St Johnstone and in the 49th minute only a fine save by Smith from Izaguirre, after good work by Stokes at the edge of the box in brushing off Mackay, prevented a third.
Moments later at the other end, Marcus Haber missed a sitter after Forster had parried from Jennison Myrie-Williams and would have been happy to see the flag raised for offside.
Sam Parkin and Collin Samuel replaced Milne and Peter MacDonald in the 57th minute as McInnes tried something different to get into the match.
The game was petering out although in a rare Saints attack Forster had to move smartly from his goal to take the ball away from the toes of Parkin. In the 82nd minute McGinn raced on to an Izaguirre pass down the left and cut the ball back for Samaras but the Greece international missed the target from 12 yards.
Four minutes from time Grainger walked after receiving his second and then McGinn grabbed his second with a mis-kicked shot from Cha's cut-back.
However, there was nothing fortuitous about Celtic's win.
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