On Saturday, in the Scottish Premiership, the Celtics beat St Johnstone by 2-1 and stood on the top of the table. It was a dramatic match that stuck at 1-1, but Giorgos Giakoumakis’s late goal secured the win for the Celtics.
It was an unfortunate match for St Johnstone, in which Johnstone’s Andrew Considine scored a goal for the Celtics in the 42nd minute, which helped the Celtics to lead the display by 1-0.
The match became more dramatic when Alex Mitchell scored a stoppage-time equalizer for St Johnstone and led the display by 1-1. But the Celtics’ Giakoumakis scored a goal in the fifth minute of added time, earned a win for his team, and consolidated their position at the top of the table.
In this match, the Celtics were without their captain, Callum McGregor, who suffered from a knee injury in the midweek Champions League defeat by RB Leipzig. Due to a knee injury, McGregor looks unlikely to feature before the World Cup.
Ange Postecoglou, coach of the Celtics, said about McGregor that initial reports are that the break probably helps us a little bit, and he will miss three or four weeks, which is a fair amount of football. Moreover, he said the good thing is he’ll be raring to go when the season resumes, which will be a massive bonus for us.
Matt O’Riley filled the place of McGregor, which was a surprise choice, and Postecoglou made six changes to the team.
After this win, Celtics stands as the leader in the table, while St Johnstone stands at 9th.
After this win, Postecoglou said that you could win a game of football in many ways but winning it this way also provides some confidence. In the fact that we still have that character and resilience in the group, he said.
Callum Davidson, St Johnstone’s manager, said the last couple of minutes, we have to defend better. Moreover, he said, Drey rolls his ankle, but we have to switch on to that, and I thought we stopped a little bit, and it’s a hard lesson to take.