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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Robertson by Joe Ledley. Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick. Jamie Adams produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Jordan Robertson produces a cross.
Graham Gartland receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Graham Gartland concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Ledley. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Emilio Izaguirre is ruled offside. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
Patrick McCourt joins the action as a substitute, replacing Georgios Samaras. Alan Maybury fouled by Georgios Samaras, the ref awards a free kick. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
Scott Brown takes a shot.
The ball is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, Daryl Murphy has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
Beram Kayal delivers the ball, blocked by Graham Gartland.
Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance by Graham Gartland.
Charlie Mulgrew produces a cross, Jamie Adams manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Emilio Izaguirre on Cleveland Taylor, free kick awarded. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
Georgios Samaras is penalised for a handball. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
Arvydas Novikovas is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Grainger.
Shaun Maloney on for Kris Commons.
The ball is sent over by Beram Kayal, Graeme Smith makes a save.
Emilio Izaguirre receives a yellow card. Unfair challenge on Cleveland Taylor by Emilio Izaguirre results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
Emilio Izaguirre crosses the ball, clearance by Michael Duberry.
Charlie Mulgrew takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Jamie Adams.
Daniel Grainger is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Daniel Grainger challenges Mark Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kris Commons from right by-line, Alan Maybury manages to make a clearance.
(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Michael Duberry coming on for David MacKay. Mark Wilson challenges Liam Craig unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Jamie Adams challenges Scott Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Glenn Loovens from right channel, clearance by David MacKay.
Liam Craig takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Beram Kayal.
Kris Commons takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save.
Jamie Adams challenges Georgios Samaras unfairly and gives away a free kick. Emilio Izaguirre takes the direct free kick.
Alan Maybury concedes a free kick for a foul on Kris Commons. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Emilio Izaguirre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cleveland Taylor. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Kris Commons delivers the ball, Graham Gartland makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve May by Beram Kayal. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Mark Wilson, Daniel Grainger makes a clearance.
Centre by Daniel Grainger, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.
Murray Davidson goes off and Chris Millar comes on.
Daryl Murphy challenges Jamie Adams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Foul by Emilio Izaguirre on Cleveland Taylor, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel. The assistant referee signals for offside against Murray Davidson. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Daryl Murphy results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Georgios Samaras.
Goal scored by Beram Kayal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Celtic.
The ball is sent over by Daryl Murphy, Daniel Grainger makes a clearance.
Jordan Robertson is ruled offside. Mark Wilson takes the free kick.
Georgios Samaras gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Mark Wilson fouled by Jordan Robertson, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, Daniel Grainger makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Kris Commons, Jamie Adams makes a clearance.
Header from deep inside the area by Cleveland Taylor goes over the bar.
Kris Commons fouled by Liam Craig, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Charlie Mulgrew, save by Graeme Smith.
Steve May fouled by Beram Kayal, the ref awards a free kick. Cleveland Taylor restarts play with the free kick. The ball is crossed by Cleveland Taylor. Cleveland Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Brown. Daniel Grainger takes the inswinging corner, The ball is swung over by Graham Gartland, Fraser Forster makes a save.
David MacKay produces a cross, Emilio Izaguirre makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Steve May, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
Foul by Georgios Samaras on Daniel Grainger, free kick awarded. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Blocked by Graeme Smith.
Centre by Mark Wilson, clearance made by David MacKay.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Centre by Georgios Samaras.
Daryl Murphy challenges Daniel Grainger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, Daryl Murphy has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
The ball is swung over by Mark Wilson, clearance made by Jamie Adams.
Centre by Georgios Samaras, clearance made by Alan Maybury.
Charlie Mulgrew takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
Kris Commons produces a cross, save by Graeme Smith.
Jordan Robertson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Centre by Beram Kayal, Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
Foul by Murray Davidson on Joe Ledley, free kick awarded. Glenn Loovens delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from own half, clearance made by Daniel Grainger.
Effort on goal by Kris Commons from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Kris Commons delivers the ball, save by Graeme Smith.
Scott Brown produces a cross, clearance by David MacKay.
Jordan Robertson fouled by Emilio Izaguirre, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Georgios Samaras.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Daniel Grainger. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Liam Craig is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Charlie Mulgrew concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordan Robertson. Free kick crossed by David MacKay, Glenn Loovens makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Daryl Murphy by Graham Gartland results in a free kick. Kris Commons produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Graeme Smith.
The ball is delivered by Alan Maybury, save by Fraser Forster.
The ball is swung over by Emilio Izaguirre, Effort on goal by Georgios Samaras from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Liam Craig produces a cross, blocked by Mark Wilson. Corner taken by Cleveland Taylor from the left by-line, Daryl Murphy manages to make a clearance.
Georgios Samaras delivers the ball, Alan Maybury manages to make a clearance.
Emilio Izaguirre fouled by Cleveland Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Emilio Izaguirre restarts play with the free kick.
Tough time to face Celtic - McInnes
Derek McInnes believes the visit of Celtic promises an even tougher challenge for his St Johnstone side now that the Old Firm's title battle is coming to the boil.
With games running out, the Hoops have the chance to re-establish a five-point lead over Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League when they travel to McDiarmid Park on Tuesday for the 6pm kick-off.
Saints boss McInnes, who won the SPL championship as a midfielder with the Ibrox club, is well aware of how the Glasgow giants generally strengthen their resolve in the run-in.
He told Press Association Sport: "I always think that it is tougher playing the Old Firm at this stage of the season.
"This time of the season is when you see the real character of an Old Firm player because of the challenges that are ahead of them.
"Usually they have an agenda and that is to win the title.
"It is so close between Rangers and Celtic this season and therefore both teams are fully focused on getting the points.
"So it goes without saying that we expect a very difficult match.
"But we have been pleased with our performances against Celtic this season although they have beaten us in the league and cup.
"They have the luxury of a big squad from which to choose and have a lot of quality so they will be firm favourites but we will be positive."
Steven Anderson is suspended after he was sent off against Dundee United on Saturday but McInnes is hopeful that Dave Mackay (hamstring) and Jamie Adams (hamstring) will both be available.
Peter Enckelman's knee injury will be assessed but McInnes will not take a chance on his first-choice goalkeeper.
Neil Lennon claims he felt the benefit from the self-imposed media ban which accompanied his five-match touchline suspension.
The Celtic boss had not spoken at a pre or post-match press conference since before the controversial Scottish Cup fifth-round replay against Rangers at Parkhead on March 2, which ended with him and Ibrox assistant manager Ally McCoist having to be separated following the 1-0 home win.
Lennon was effectively handed an additional one-match touchline ban by the Scottish Football Association to go with the four-match ban imposed for being sent to the stand at Tynecastle earlier in the season.
The Northern Irishman returned in front of the cameras, microphones and tape machines ahead of the clash with St Johnstone, where he will be back in the dugout.
"I had a five-game ban which meant I couldn't do my job properly and there was a lot of adverse publicity which was taking the shine away from the team and their performances and focus," Lennon said.
"So I just decided to have a break. I feel fine.
"I'm glad the ban is over.
"I'm back doing what I want to do and it encompasses all aspects of the job again.
"I hope there is a positive reaction from the players but they have played quite well in the period I have been out.
"It hasn't affected them at all."
Gary Hooper and Charlie Mulgrew are expected to be fit. Hooper received a dead leg against St Mirren on Saturday and Mulgrew picked up a knock but both should be fine.
Skipper Scott Brown will come back in to contention after being rested at the weekend while Lennon is hoping defender Daniel Majstorovic will start back training this week after recovering from a broken toe with a view to returning before the end of the season.
Kayal strike sinks Saints
Beram Kayal's first Celtic goal was enough to beat St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park and take the Hoops five points clear of Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The Hoops midfielder, signed from Maccabi Haifa last summer, struck in added time in the first half to give Neil Lennon's side a deserved interval lead which they never looked like losing.
Saints survived a controversial penalty claim in the 85th minute when substitute Michael Duberry appeared to handle the ball twice in the box as he lay on the ground but referee Iain Brines surprisingly took no action.
Had the home side somehow managed to grab an equaliser no doubt more would have been made of that decision but as it was Celtic saw the game out and put pressure on to the champions who play Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Wednesday night.
Celtic boss Lennon, who returned to the dugout for the first time following a five-match touchline ban, took the acclaim of the travelling support at the end realising his side are again in the driving seat in the title race.
Lennon had earlier sprung a surprise by naming Daryl Murphy in his side.
The burly Irish striker had not featured since February 1 at Aberdeen but was paired with Georgios Samaras in attack as Celtic tried to overcome a poor playing surface by adopting a more direct approach.
Celtic skipper Scott Brown returned to midfield while Mark Wilson came back in at right back, both having been rested for the win over St Mirren at the weekend.
Saints boss Derek McInnes had one eye on Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final with Motherwell at Hampden when he named his side, leaving key players Duberry and Chris Millar on the bench.
Rather bizarrely, moments after the game began referee Brines had to call a halt when several balls bounced on to the pitch after coming from outside the stadium, as Celtic fans held up banners protesting about the six o'clock kick-off.
Murphy set up Samaras a couple of times in the early stages with headers but the Greek striker failed to take advantage.
However, in the 10th minute Saints keeper Graeme Smith made a decent save down at his right-hand post from Kris Commons' free-kick, awarded when Graham Gartland fouled Murphy.
Six minutes later, as the visitors pressed again, Commons volleyed over the bar from distance with Smith out of his goal after the keeper had come out to punch clear, before making a save from a Samaras header.
The visitors were firmly in control in the 25th minute and Murphy should have scored with a free header from a Charlie Mulgrew corner but the former Sunderland striker somehow missed the target from six yards.
On the half-hour mark Samaras had a great chance when he was set up by Brown inside the box but Smith made a good block from the former Manchester City striker's side-footed effort.
There was fury in the St Johnstone dugout when referee Brines refused to give a free-kick at the edge of the box when Brown tangled with Stevie May but that soon subsided as a brief spell of pressure from the home side came to an end.
But there was to be a sting in the tail for the Saints just as they believed they had survived the first 45 minutes. In the first minute of added time Brown flicked the ball on to Kayal who got the break of the ball inside the box before he knocked it past Smith with the outside of his foot.
Kayal's goal had changed the complexion of the game and St Johnstone looked a little more urgent at the start of the second half.
McDiarmid Park midfielder Murray Davidson was replaced in the 50th minute by Chris Millar but the SPL leaders retained their grip on the game.
The tempo dipped for a spell with neither side offering much in attack and neither keeper was seeing much action although Smith made a comfortable save from Commons' long-distance effort in the 62nd minute.
A minute later at the other end, Fraser Forster made a fine save from Liam Craig's 25-yard drive, the Celtic keeper diving to his left to push the shot round the post for a corner which came to nothing, before Duberry replaced Saints defender Dave Mackay.
St Johnstone's Danny Grainger was booked following his late challenge on Mark Wilson before Hoops' defender Emilio Izaguirre picked up a caution for catching Cleveland Taylor.
With 10 minutes remaining, Saints substitute Millar walked off the pitch appearing to have picked up an injury leaving the Perth men, who had used all three replacements, to play out the rest of the match with 10 men.
There was a moment of controversy five minutes from the end Duberry fell on the by-line under pressure from Samaras and appeared to grab the ball twice.
However, Brines, looking bemused, waving play on as the Celtic players and supporters roared for what looked to be an obvious penalty.
Brown cracked the bar with a drive in the 88th minute and from the rebound, Shaun Maloney, on for Commons, headed towards goal but Smith got back to claw the ball away on the line but the second goal was not needed.
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