Celtic edge past St Johnstone

Teemu Pukki marked his home debut with a goal as Celtic beat St Johnstone 2-1 to move level on points with Inverness at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

Last Updated: 21/09/13 at 22:04 Post Comment

Teemu Pukki: Scores on his Celtic debut

Teemu Pukki: Scores on his Celtic debut

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Celtic dominated from the off and their pressure was rewarded when the Finnish striker drove the ball low between the legs of defender Frazer Wright and keeper Alan Mannus in the 11th minute.

Adam Matthews stung the keeper's hands with a fierce drive in the 17th minute and Derk Boerrigter missed a golden chance to double the advantage three minutes later.

But the home fans were cheering again soon after when Charlie Mulgrew gave the Northern Ireland international no chance with a low drive from 25 yards in the 26th minute.

Celtic maintained their stranglehold on the game and Anthony Stokes and Boerrigter were both inches away from adding a third before half-time.

After the break Stokes strolled past two defenders and fired narrowly wide with Mannus well beaten as Celtic picked up where they left off.

But Saints came more into the game as the half wore on and in-form Stevie May headed over from close range after good work from David Wotherspoon on 67 minutes.

And they were rewarded for their pressure nine minutes from time when Liam Caddis held off the attention of Efe Ambrose to bundle home at the back post.

The nerves felt around the ground did nothing for the players' composure and the earlier domination was replaced by hesitancy which almost allowed Saints to leave Parkhead with a point.

With 90 minutes on the clock, May rattled the home post and Dave Mackay saw his follow-up saved superbly by Fraser Forster, who ensured the Hoops moved joint top after Inverness gave up their unbeaten record at Aberdeen.

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

Sunday, 28 December 2014
15:00
Inverness 0-1 Aberdeen Report
Saturday, 27 December 2014
Celtic 0-0 Ross Co  
Dundee 1-3 St Mirren  
Kilmarnock 1-0 Hamilton  
Motherwell 1-0 Partick Report
St J'stone 2-1 Dundee U  
Sunday, 21 December 2014
12:15
Dundee U 2-1 Celtic Report
Saturday, 20 December 2014
15:00
Aberdeen 1-0 Kilmarnock Report
Partick 1-1 Dundee Report
Ross Co 0-1 Hamilton Report

Footer 365

Sky sources: Alan Irvine will be in charge for West Brom's trip to West Ham on New Year's Day

A senior West Brom source has told Sky Sports News HQ that Alan Irvine will be in charge for the game against West Ham.

Transfer news: Fernando Torres heads back to Atletico Madrid on loan until end of next season

Fernando Torres is returning to Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Simon Mignolet: I'll take positives from losing Liverpool spot and come back stronger

Simon Mignolet says a recent spell out of the Liverpool side could end up having a positive effect on his career.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

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