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Effort from 35 yards by James Forrest went wide right of the goal.
Chris Millar is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Georgios Samaras gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David McCracken. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Murray Davidson produces a cross.
The ball is delivered by James Forrest.
William Gibson delivers the ball, Fraser Forster makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Du-Ri Cha, Peter Enckelman makes a comfortable save.
Shot from just outside the box by William Gibson goes over the crossbar.
Mohamed Bangura is ruled offside. Peter Enckelman takes the indirect free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Chris Millar. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
The ball is delivered by David McCracken, Victor Wanyama makes a clearance.
Carl Finnigan is ruled offside. Mohamed Bangura on for Gary Hooper. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
David MacKay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
The ball is swung over by David MacKay, Fraser Forster makes a comfortable save.
William Gibson on for Liam Craig.
Du-Ri Cha sends in a cross, clearance made by David MacKay.
James Forrest fouled by David MacKay, the ref awards a free kick. David MacKay is booked. (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Dylan McGeough coming on for Beram Kayal. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Georgios Samaras has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Carl Finnigan delivers the ball, save made by Fraser Forster.
Effort from outside the penalty box by James Forrest goes wide left of the target.
The ball is swung over by Kevin Moon, save by Fraser Forster.
Kevin Moon challenges Georgios Samaras unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Moon is cautioned. Du-Ri Cha takes the indirect free kick.
Marcus Haber takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.
The ball is delivered by Du-Ri Cha, Effort from 12 yards by Georgios Samaras.
James Forrest produces a cross, A goal is scored by Sung-Yeung Ki from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Celtic.Assist by James Forrest.
The ball is delivered by Du-Ri Cha.
Liam Craig produces a cross, Foul by Charlie Mulgrew on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. Beram Kayal receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Liam Craig has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Du-Ri Cha gets a block in.
David MacKay sends in a cross, clearance made by Du-Ri Cha.
Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew. Gary Hooper gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Celtic.Assist by Victor Wanyama.
Unfair challenge on James Forrest by David MacKay results in a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Kevin Moon gets a block in.
Du-Ri Cha produces a cross, Shot from 18 yards by Gary Hooper. Save by Peter Enckelman.
A cross is delivered by Du-Ri Cha, David McCracken makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Millar on Thomas Rogne. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
Du-Ri Cha produces a cross, Shot from just outside the area by James Forrest goes over the bar.
The ball is delivered by Georgios Samaras, save made by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is delivered by Sung-Yeung Ki, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.
Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal. Free kick taken by Victor Wanyama.
Murray Davidson fouled by Beram Kayal, the ref awards a free kick. David McCracken takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by David MacKay, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
David MacKay takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Chris Millar takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Sung-Yeung Ki makes a clearance.
Victor Wanyama takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
Corner taken by Liam Craig, Fraser Forster makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Liam Craig, James Forrest makes a clearance.
David MacKay concedes a free kick for a foul on James Forrest. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Liam Craig is cautioned by the ref for not retreating ten yards at a set play.
Scott Brown fouled by Chris Millar, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Murray Davidson on Sung-Yeung Ki, free kick awarded. Charlie Mulgrew produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Peter Enckelman.
Thomas Rogne fouled by Marcus Haber, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Rogne.
The ball is sent over by Kevin Moon.
Centre by Liam Craig, clearance by Thomas Rogne.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Hooper on Alan Maybury. Carl Finnigan replaces David Robertson. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Chris Millar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown. Victor Wanyama restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Sung-Yeung Ki.
The referee penalises Georgios Samaras for handball. Free kick taken by Steven Anderson.
Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line, Header by Victor Wanyama from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Thomas Rogne comes on in place of Daniel Majstorovic. Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, David MacKay makes a clearance.
Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line, clearance made by David Robertson.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Millar, Fraser Forster makes a save.
The referee blows for offside. Peter Enckelman takes the indirect free kick.
Beram Kayal takes a shot. Comfortable save by Peter Enckelman.
Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line.
A cross is delivered by Du-Ri Cha, clearance made by David McCracken.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David MacKay on Georgios Samaras. Sung-Yeung Ki crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, David McCracken makes a clearance.
Foul by Beram Kayal on Steven Anderson, free kick awarded. Kevin Moon restarts play with the free kick.
Alan Maybury concedes a free kick for a foul on Du-Ri Cha. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line, David McCracken makes a clearance.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Moon.
Du-Ri Cha sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Gary Hooper misses to the right of the target.
Gary Hooper challenges Steven Anderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Craig insists Saints thrive as underdogs
Midfielder Liam Craig believes the return of the underdog tag will help St Johnstone against Clydesdale Bank Premier League title-chasing Celtic at McDiarmid Park on Sunday.
After taking seven points from Steve Lomas' first three matches as Saints boss - a draw with Rangers and wins over Hibernian and Hearts - the Perth side have lost 3-0 to Motherwell and 2-1 to Aberdeen, in matches many predicted the Perth side would win.
Celtic travel to McDiarmid Park seeking to keep pace with Rangers at the top of the SPL and left-sided midfielder Craig is relishing the clash.
He said: "We're looking forward to the game and it's a massive game - it's a good game to bounce back in.
"We're disappointed with the last two results at home and against Celtic on Sunday there will not be many people expecting us to get anything.
"Maybe that's when we're going to be at our best - when we're going into games as underdogs.
"In the last two games, with the form we'd been in, we were probably favourites."
Saints beat Celtic 1-0 at Parkhead in August, but Craig believes that result has little bearing on this weekend's game.
He added: "We know on Sunday it's going to be a totally different game. Celtic are a quality side and we're going to be under a lot of pressure for a lot of the game.
"If we do get chances it's important we take them and we stop giving away sloppy goals like we have done in the last two games."
Goalkeeper Peter Enckelman was responsible for both Aberdeen goals in the loss on Tuesday, parrying a shot for Scott Vernon to score and mis-kicking a clearance allowing Ryan Jack to net from the halfway line.
But Craig has backed the Finn to perform, having made crucial saves at Hearts and in the win at Celtic earlier this season.
Craig added: "Pete won us the game at Tynecastle. When he makes a mistake it usually ends up in a goal, whereas when any other player makes a mistake, you've still got nine or 10 boys behind the ball.
"Pete's a quality goalkeeper and he'll bounce back from it."
Neil Lennon insists his Celtic players will be focused for the trip, despite the furore that has followed their Europa League game against Udinese on Thursday night.
The Celtic boss, along with chief executive Peter Lawwell and chairman Ian Bankier, hit out at fans who, before the 1-1 draw in the Stadio Friuli which saw them exit the competition, unfurled a two-part banner which was insulting towards UEFA.
Those travelling supporters who brought flares in to the stadium, one of which was hurled onto the running track, were also condemned as "embarrassing" by Lawwell.
The Parkhead club were last week fined #12,700 by UEFA after their supporters were reported for "illicit chanting" in a previous Europa League fixture against Rennes in Glasgow and expect to be brought to book again.
Meanwhile, Lennon has to get his players concentrated on McDiarmid Park where he is looking to keep the pressure on Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers.
"We are fully focused on Sunday," said Lennon. "St Johnstone will make it very difficult for us.
"But the players will be feeling good about themselves, I hope they take that confidence from the Udinese game into the game and we know the three points are the only thing we are focusing on.
"If we get a performance on top of that, even better.
"We are in a good run in the league, we did ourselves proud on Thursday night but there is a lot of football between now and the end of the season and anything can happen."
The former Celtic skipper was full of praise for his players, not only for Thursday night's display but for their performances during the whole European campaign.
However, he anticipates some of them will now have to re-adjust their style to the rigours of the SPL.
"Some individuals are better suited to the (European) style of play," he said. "The pitches are more conducive to the way the players like to pass the ball.
"Now we are coming into the winter months it might be a bit more difficult for them to find that fluid style of play that we know they can produce.
"So we might have to adapt a little bit to the conditions over the next few months."
Celtic sink Saints to keep pressure on Gers
Celtic closed the gap behind Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to four points thanks to second-half goals from Gary Hooper and Ki Sung-yueng in a 2-0 win against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.
Saints keeper Peter Enckelman had made two great saves from Hooper before the former Scunthorpe striker broke the deadlock on the hour from a yard out following a corner, three minutes before Ki scored on the break to seal the win.
The only downside for Hoops manager Neil Lennon was the loss of stopper Daniel Majstorovic who had to go off in the first half with a suspected fractured cheekbone after a clash of heads with Saints midfielder David Robertson, who was also replaced soon afterwards.
If the Sweden international's injury is as serious as first thought, it will rule him out of the visit of Kilmarnock next Saturday before what is shaping up to be a crucial Old Firm derby against Rangers at Parkhead on December 28.
However, Lennon will be happy with his side' seventh straight win in the SPL.
Unusually for the Irishman, he named an unchanged team with Hooper and Georgios Samaras leading the line, however, before the game many eyes were on the Hoops support.
The Parkhead club should find out on Monday if they are to face any action from UEFA after a flare was thrown from the section holding Hoops fans before Thursday night's Europa League game against Udinese at the Stadio Friuli.
A banner which was insulting towards European football's governing body was also unfurled which led to condemnation from manager Neil Lennon, chief executive Peter Lawwell and chairman Ian Bankier.
There appeared to be nothing untoward coming from the away support who watched their side take time to get going, the first attempt on goal coming in the eighth minute when Hooper headed a Charlie Mulgrew cross wide of the target.
In the 14th minute, with the match stuttering along, Samaras drew a fine save from Enckelman with long-range drive, the Saints keeper gathering at the second attempt.
Saints were containing Celtic with some ease but stopper David McCracken was glad to see his header from Cha Du-ri's cut back, which spun up into the air, go over the bar for a corner as Enckelman backtracked to guard his goal.
On the half-hour mark Majstorovic and Robertson clashed heads and while the Celtic stopper was off for treatment - he was soon replaced by Thomas Rogne before Robertson was eventually replaced by Carl Finnigan - Hooper missed a great chance to open the scoring.
The Celtic striker latched on to a pass by Cha inside the St Johnstone box and appeared to sell Enckelman a dummy but the Saints keeper somehow got his hand to the shot to push it past the post for another corner which came to nothing.
Four minutes from the interval Finnigan fouled Hoops midfielder Ki 25 yards from goal, in the centre, but Mulgrew's free-kick was saved by Enckelman.
St Johnstone started the second half strongly and within a minute skipper Dave Mackay cut inside his Celtic counterpart Scott Brown and drove in a left-footed shot which Forster saved down low at his left-hand post.
Moments later, Celtic wide-man James Forrest eased past Mackay down the left and drove across the Saints' six-yard box, the ball, though, bouncing fortuitously off St Johnstone left-back Alan Maybury and into the arms of Enckelman.
Then, as the visitors reasserted themselves, Forrest ballooned a cross from Cha high over the bar from around eight yards out.
In the 57th minute Enckelman made another great save from Hooper at the near post after the Englishman had reached another fine Cha cross from the right but it delayed the inevitable only by moments.
After an hour Hooper squeezed the ball past Enckelman from around a yard out after Saints failed to clear a Mulgrew corner which was first contested by defender Victor Wanyama.
In the 63rd minute Celtic doubled their lead with a breakaway Ki goal after a flowing move involving Cha, Forrest and Samaras ended with the South Korean slamming in from 10 yards out.
The points were effectively sealed with Ki's goal and the visitors played out the rest of the game in control and can now turn their attention to their games over the festive season which might change the landscape at the top of the table.
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