Saints keep Celtic off the top

St Johnstone's Nigel Hasselbaink pounced 13 minutes from time to prevent Celtic from returning to the top of the Scottish Premier League after a 1-1 draw.

Last Updated: 12/11/12 at 07:45 Post Comment

Hasselbaink (r): Struck late leveller for Saints

Hasselbaink (r): Struck late leveller for Saints

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Teenage striker Tony Watt looked like capping a remarkable week with another winning goal for the champions but Hasselbaink cancelled out the young Scot's 51st-minute opener towards the end.

Skipper Scott Brown had returned to the Hoops midfield after missing the Barcelona victory due to illness but could not inspire his side to shake off another Champions League hangover after losing to Kilmarnock in their last home SPL fixture.

Perth keeper Alan Mannus easily saved regulation Charlie Mulgrew and Kris Commons free-kicks in front of a strangely subdued and sparse Parkhead crowd.

In the 26th minute, with Celtic in control, midweek goalscoring hero Victor Wanyama was presented with an opening when Commons stood a cross up at the back post but the Kenyan misdirected his header across goal, allowing Frazer Wright to complete the clearance.

Joe Ledley then headed over the bar from Commons' cross while the Scotland winger shot powerfully over soon after and it was left to Watt to break the deadlock following the restart, six minutes after being introduced for Miku.

Mulgrew's long ball was allowed to run right across the visiting defence and Watt managed to poke over the goalline to embarrass a retreating and badly exposed Mannus.

However it was the visitors who grew with confidence, despite having manager Steve Lomas sent to the stands for remonstrating with referee Iain Brines after an injury to Watt, and Hoops keeper Fraser Forster smartly saved from Liam Craig's snap shot.

Saints were level moments later though after Dave Mackay's cross eventually fell to Hasselbaink, who turned and drove past England's Forster from around 10 yards.

Celtic responded to the setback and sub Beram Kayal, on for Joe Ledley, drilled a shot from the edge of the box just over Mannus's bar, but the visitors held on for a hard-fought point in Glasgow's East End.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Scottish Premiership

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Aberdeen 0 0 0
2 Celtic 0 0 0
3 Dundee 0 0 0
4 Dundee Utd 0 0 0
5 Hamilton 0 0 0
6 Inverness 0 0 0
7 Kilmarnock 0 0 0
8 Motherwell 0 0 0
9 Partick 0 0 0
10 Ross Co 0 0 0
11 St J'stone 0 0 0
12 St Mirren 0 0 0

Updated Thu, 26 Jun 2014

Footer 365

Manchester United: Louis van Gaal admits he will not buy players just for the sake of it

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists he will not buy players just for the sake of it.

Transfer news: West Ham are set to sign Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson on loan

Sky Sports understands West Ham are poised to win the race to sign Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson on loan.

Transfer news: Juventus determined to keep hold of Manchester United target Arturo Vidal

Juventus managing director Giuseppe Marotta has reiterated the club's desire to keep hold of Arturo Vidal.

Mail Box

No Wonder Wenger Doesn't Buy British

That's if reports that Calum Chambers cost Arsenal £16m are to be believed. The English premium shows no signs of disappearing. Plus, worrying about poor Southampton...

Reasons To Believe That Van Gaal Will Be The Best

Some supporters sound oh so confident on Louis Van Gaal's excellence. Plus thoughts on shirt sales, best signings, football sevens and a good deal more besides...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property