Celtic nine clear after crushing St Johnstone
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Celtic Move Nine Points Clear After Crushing St Johnstone
On Saturday‚ Celtic crushed St Johnstone 7-0 and moved nine points clear of Glasgow rivals Rangers. The result also sees Celtic inflict the first home league defeat on Rangers since 2014. Reo Hatate opened the scoring after eight minutes‚ Giorgos Giakoumakis doubled the lead and Daizen Maeda added a third before half-time. Saints' frustration was compounded when they conceded a penalty five minutes after the break and Celtic made it 4-0 from the spot. Two more goals from Matt O'Riley and Liel Abada completed the scoring 12 minutes later.
Celtic's 3-0 win over St Johnstone
In what will go down as one of the most entertaining games of the season so far‚ Celtic were unbeatable against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park today. Nadir Ciftci scored twice and Dedryck Boyata once‚ with Brian Easton hitting the post with a long-range effort. Celtic have won seven out of their last 11 games‚ while Saints remain unbeaten in eleven. The first goal of the game came in the third minute‚ when Olly Burke rampaged up the byline before crossing to Scott Sinclair who lashed the ball home past Zander Clark at the near post. The defending champions were in complete control as the game progressed‚ but the Saints' defence played well. A couple of half-chances fell to Stevie May‚ while Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard also missed chances to put Celtic ahead. In the first half‚ St. Johnstone dominated‚ winning the Scottish Football League's First Division in 2008-09 and promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2009-10. The Scottish Premier League is St Johnstone's thirteenth season in the top flight. The club's traditional rivals are Dundee United. These matches are known as Tayside derbies. Celtic's 3-0 win over St Johnstone is one of the most lopsided matches in the league.
Scott Brown's enthusiasm
Scottish football's Scott Brown dropped an f-bomb live on TV after his side crushed St Johnstone 4-0 on Saturday. The former Celtic captain has just won his 14th trophy and captained Celtic for 14 years. After the match‚ he received a special presentation from Peter Lawwell and Celtic players clapped him on to the pitch. In his post-match interview‚ Brown apologised to the interviewer and said that he dropped the f-bomb because he overheard a song. However‚ he did recite the song in a way that showed his 'emotions' and that he was delighted to win at home. Celtic are now nine points clear after a thumping of St Johnstone in the Scottish League Cup. This result ended Celtic's record unbeaten run and halted their record of 102 consecutive games without a defeat. Celtic's unbeaten streak lasted eight months‚ and the club's chairman and manager have been honoured with a lifetime achievement award. In addition to the manager's accolade‚ Celtic are also represented by the board of directors and manager‚ the SFA Hall of Fame‚ and Fitbastats.
After a goalless draw in the Champions League last season‚ Celtic are keen to make it nine in a row by going three points clear of Rangers in the league. Their opponents are now eight points behind‚ with a game in hand over Celtic. Celtic's pace is starting to slow‚ but Zander Clark has made some good saves to limit St Johnstone's chances. Celtic's record in domestic cup-ties is now 34. The hosts dominated the first half and stayed unbeaten in the league. Hibs‚ on the other hand‚ are still finding their feet under new manager Terry Butcher. Celtic opened the scoring after just nine minutes at Easter Road after a mix-up in the Hibs defence. Then‚ with Van Dijk clipping James Collins in the area‚ Celtic were nine points clear. Hibs then appealed a penalty‚ which was given for a stonewall foul on Van Dijk. While St Johnstone's defence struggled‚ Forster was outstanding in the final third. The former Newcastle keeper saved a backheeled attempt from Edouard and a close-range shot from Christie. Forster also denied Stevie May from getting on the end of a through ball from Ali McCann. Despite the scoreline‚ Saints looked to have weathered the storm‚ only to be undone by a set piece conceded by Craig McCart.
Reo Hatate's goal
Reo Hatate's goal puts Celtic nine
points clear after crushing St Johnstone A fine 1-0 win for Celtic against St Johnstone has set the tone for the run-in to the league title. Celtic dominated St Johnstone and made almost a thousand passes in the game. They had six2% possession and created many good chances to win by more. Rangers could only manage a goal and had just one shot throughout. Celtic's tactical approach to the game has been excellent and it shows in the way they have carried it out. Despite the early goals‚ Celtic were never in danger of being caught in this game‚ with Reo Hatate's first-half strike converting a penalty. Celtic extended their lead to nine points after crushing St Johnstone‚ while Rangers are next in the table. They will face St Mirren on Sunday. Meanwhile‚ Hearts beat Hibernian to stay in 11th place. A 3-0 win at Ibrox last weekend set the scene for this match and made the Celtic fans very excited. After the defeat of St Johnstone‚ the champions will now face Saints in the Scottish Cup final. The game ended 0-0‚ but Celtic will have a better chance of securing the trophy next time. The game was also delayed for a further three minutes after Hatate's goal.
Ryan Christie's goal
In their opening Scottish Premiership game‚ Celtic crushed St Johnstone 7-0. The hat-trick tally for Ryan Christie was the most impressive‚ with the team already nine goals up after just nine minutes. St Johnstone had failed to score in their last eight matches against Celtic‚ including a 2-1 win back in May 2016. With the win‚ Celtic have now gone nine points clear and are on course for a quadruple treble. The atmosphere at Celtic Park was frantic before the game‚ with the title flag being raised by Stevie and Liz McNeill‚ widows of the club's founder‚ Billy. Celtic's attack was a blur‚ with Christie‚ Johnston and Edouard threatening to score. Celtic's goal threat was also bolstered by the presence of Griffiths‚ who was the top scorer. A couple of moments before the half-time break‚ Christie had a chance to score in the Celtic penalty area. Forrest had swung the ball into the box from the right flank‚ and Christie took the ball on the right side of the D before firing in an unstoppable shot that deceived Clark. Christie had scored six goals in as many games‚ and he is halfway to his goal tally from last season. The Saints' position and tactical diligence ensured that they limited Celtic's chances. The main cause of St Johnstone's misery was James Forrest. In the fourth minute‚ Forrest cut inside of Scott Tanser to find Christie and his curling shot was blasted wide of the goalkeeper's post. Saints remained a threat until the first goal‚ when Fraser Forster failed to convince Christie to punch Callum Hendry's cross into the goal.
Celtic's record-breaking unbeaten run
Celtic have ended Heart of Midlothian's record-breaking unbeaten run after a 4-0 win over them at Tynecastle. The relegation-threatened Hearts had defeated Celtic 2-1 in May 2016‚ and it was a record-breaking feat to end that run. Hearts' goals were scored by Harry Cochrane‚ Kyle Lafferty‚ and David Milinkovic‚ who added a brace in the second half. Last month‚ Celtic reached 63 matches without losing - a record for any team in Scottish football. Brendan Rodgers' side have now gone a staggering 61 games without losing‚ and they now sit top of the Scottish Premiership. The club have not lost to any other team in Scotland since losing 7-0 to Motherwell in October. While many outside factors have affected Celtic's success‚ they have continued to perform at a high level. They have also made it clear that they are more resolute and determined to continue the unbeaten streak. The team was also supported by a raft of local businesses. One company‚ Tennent's‚ was the main commercial sponsor for the team for several years. If they only sponsored one‚ local businesses would lose half their business. Other sponsors included CR Smith glazing‚ NTL communications‚ and Carling‚ an English brewer. This remark is particularly fitting given that Celtic have won 11 trophies in a row.