Celtic extended their lead at the top of the table to nine points as they produced one of the high-scoring football results of the weekend in the Scottish Premiership. Reo Hatate opened the scoring in the eighth minute before Georgis Giakoumakis doubled their advantage in the 22nd minute. Daizen Maeda made it three in the 36th minute before Josip Juranovic added the fourth in the 51st minute. Matt O’Riley scored goals three minutes apart from each other before Liel Abada completed the scoring in the 78th minute.
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou: “Obviously Giakoumakis got the injury today, but James Forrest should be back next week and we have the healthiest squad we have had all year. We have a lot of contributors, which means our training levels are at the best they have been all year. We are getting some good weeks into training because there are no midweek games, so those things are in our favor in terms of hopefully producing our best football. But it’s not like they just roll out there and it just happens. They worked their socks off today.”
St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson: “Of course, it is bitterly disappointing. We lost some really poor goals, the second one especially, and after that, it was back against the wall. They brought lots of energy to the game and unfortunately we just couldn’t match them. That’s my honest assessment of the game. Our fight is for survival and obviously, after the split and the wee break, we will be ready. Take away today’s game and we’ve been in good form, on a winning streak. Today we were just beaten by the better team, it’s as simple as that. The scoreline is hard to take, I have to say that.”
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