LiveSt Johnstone 0-2 Celtic RECAP: Late, late goals from Griffiths and Klimala earn Celtic three points

Live updates from McDiarmid Park as Celtic look to go top of the table for a few hours at least while St Johnstone aim to avoid finishing the weekend bottom of the pile

Sunday, 4th October 2020, 11:17 am
Updated Sunday, 4th October 2020, 1:53 pm
Celtic defeated St Johnstone 1-0 in the Scottish Cup the last time the teams played. Picture: SNS
Celtic defeated St Johnstone 1-0 in the Scottish Cup the last time the teams played. Picture: SNS

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St Johnstone v Celtic LIVE: Updates from McDiarmid Park

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It certainly wasn’t easy, but it’s all’s well that ends well for the champions.

Griffiths and Klimala with a goal each off the bench for a Celtic team that looked surprisingly flat until the closing stages.

St Johnstone blew a great chance to take the lead a couple of minutes into the second period and never really threatened again after. By the last 15 minutes they were simply looking to hang on for a point. They were seconds away from doing so.

If it wasn’t done already, that’s it now. Klimala, somehow, bounces immediately back up after a crunching challenge from Liam Gordon. He then advances on Clark and smashes it beyond the keeper at the front post.

A 90th-minute winner for the champions. Elhamed gets space on the overlap and he’s able to pick out the substitute Griffiths, who just head back a yard as the defenders went to protect a ball across goal. He calmly plants his header in the bottom corner.

Leigh Griffiths has done it!

A great cross from Christie finds Griffiths in the penalty area. The striker’s header is deflected off Chris McCart and away from a corner, which the home side are able to clear.

The visitors are sticking in the 3-5-2. Christie is now playing left wing-back with Brown going into his usual position in front of the back three, which moves McGregor further forward.

Duffy gets up highest to attack a Christie corner. He can’t fully get over the ball as it clears the crossbar by a good couple of yards.

Brown is now on for Celtic as the captain replaces Taylor.

St Johnstone’s threat on the counter has diminished as the half has gone along as the hosts are visibily tiring. At the moment, however, they do look good for a point with Celtic still lacking imagination in the final third. Of course, there are more than enough players within the away ranks who could produce a piece of magic to win this game in an instant.

Celtic are making another couple of changes as the game enters the final 15 minutes. Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths are on for Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ntcham.

Michael O’Halloran is on for Wotherspoon as Callum Davidson looks to take advantage on the counter-attack as Celtic press for the opener.

Klimala almost makes an immediate impact. The striker is alert to get to a Ntcham cross before Liam Gordon. He tries to hook it beyond Clark but sees it fly beyond the far post.

Turnbull and Edouard are making way for Patryck Klimala and Christie.

Really disappointing day for each of the former players.

Celtic get their first clear sight at goal all game as McGregor puts in a cross for Turnbull with space inside the penalty box. The midfielder tries to glance his header towards the far corner but doesn’t get enough on it as it spins away.

Conway has blasted off the post from five yards! The winger was at a bit of an angle as he desperately tried to catch up to Wotherspoon’s cross at the back post, but with Barkas rooted to his line he still had enough to aim for and should have made the net bulge.

Second half is underway.

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