Giorgios Giakoumakis marked his first begin along with his maiden purpose as Celtic overcame cussed St Johnstone within the Scottish Premiership to increase their profitable run to 4 video games.
The Greece striker volleyed the first-half opener following a lapse from visiting defender Callum Sales space.
Celtic lastly made positive of a deserved victory with Josip Juranovic’s penalty.
The hosts keep fourth, some extent behind leaders Hearts, Rangers – who face St Mirren on Sunday – and Dundee United.
St Johnstone’s second successive defeat drops final season’s cup double winners to tenth, two factors above second-bottom Dundee.
Giakoumakis, a summer season arrival from Dutch aspect VVV Venlo, was unleashed from the beginning after impressing within the Europa League win over Ferencvaros, his third outing off the bench.
However the 26-year-old and Celtic have been beautifully marshalled by St Johnstone till Sales space’s mistake undid all of the guests’ diligent defending.
Juranovic’s hopeful shot from distance took a looping deflection into the field, the place Sales space missed his tried clearance, permitting Anthony Ralston to sq. for Giakoumakis to volley previous Zander Clark.
It introduced aid for the hosts and dejection for St Johnstone, who had welcomed again defensive lynchpin Liam Gordon from harm for a primary look since August.
Bar a Callum McGregor drive stopped by Clark’s outstretched leg, the hosts had struggled to penetrate till Giakoumakis struck.
Kyogo Furushashi, deployed huge proper to accommodate the Greek ahead within the central striker function, was a peripheral presence however Jota on the alternative flank was Celtic’s liveliest performer.
St Johnstone got here out with contemporary impetus after the break, Jamie McCart heading over from a nook and Cammy MacPherson slicing excessive and huge.
Celtic shortly reasserted management, and McGregor had a drive deflected inches huge, however the hosts have been restricted to few clear-cut possibilities till the closing levels.
The clinching purpose arrived when Jota and Kyogo mixed and the Japan ahead – moved centrally after Giakoumakas went off – was caught by Gordon simply contained in the field. Juranovic despatched Clark the unsuitable means from the penalty spot.
Tom Rogic and McGregor had drives batted away by Clark, both aspect of a shot off the put up by substitute Mikey Johnston, as St Johnstone averted additional harm.
Man of the match – Jota
What did we study?
Celtic have their key males again and are persevering with to construct momentum after a chaotic begin to Ange Postecoglou’s tenure.
Giakoumakis’ purpose will bolster the striker’s confidence as he strives for full health, and Croatia defender Juranovic confirmed his high quality after a four-game harm absence.
Whereas Celtic have now gained three league matches in a row, St Johnstone have suffered three three defeats and netted only one purpose in 4.
Davidson’s aspect will rue the defensive lapses at each objectives, however have been strong for essentially the most half whereas missing menace on the different finish.
Gordon’s return to the guts of defence presents hope of a revival, with three of the Perth males’s subsequent 4 league fixtures at house.
What did they are saying?
Celtic supervisor Ange Postecoglou: “It was a sport the place you realize you are not going to get plenty of area in and across the penalty field and so they’re by no means going to open up.
“It was necessary we maintained our self-discipline, moved the ball round and have been scientific when the possibility got here. We did not enable St Johnstone to be a menace, and we may have scored a pair extra on the finish.”
St Johnstone supervisor Callum Davidson: “Callum Sales space misjudged it. It isn’t like him. It was a long-range shot and if we take care of that, then we do not concede.
“I’m not blaming Callum. I do not suppose Celtic had many possibilities within the first half however we bought punished then the sport turns into somewhat bit more durable for us.”
Either side are in Premiership motion in opposition to Edinburgh opposition on Wednesday night time (19:45 BST), with Celtic away to Hibernian and St Johnstone internet hosting Hearts.
- 20Carter-VickersBooked at 77mins
- 8FuruhashiSubstituted forAbadaat 81′minutes
- 7GiakoumakisSubstituted forJohnstonat 61′minutes
- 17Neves FilipeSubstituted forAjetiat 86′minutes
- 25AmbroseBooked at 79mins
- 6GordonBooked at 79mins
- 18MacPhersonBooked at 29mins
- 13BrysonBooked at 55mins
- 24Sales space
- 14MiddletonSubstituted forCrawfordat 63′minutes
- 9KaneBooked at 77minsSubstituted forVertainenat 85′minutes
- 10WotherspoonSubstituted forMightat 70′minutes
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Match ends, Celtic 2, St. Johnstone 0.
Second Half ends, Celtic 2, St. Johnstone 0.
Try missed. Josip Juranovic (Celtic) left footed shot from the left aspect of the field misses to the best. Assisted by Tomas Rogic.
Try saved. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from exterior the field is saved within the high centre of the purpose.
Try blocked. Michael Johnston (Celtic) left footed shot from the left aspect of the field is blocked. Assisted by Josip Juranovic.
Nook, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Try blocked. Stevie Might (St. Johnstone) proper footed shot from the best aspect of the field is blocked. Assisted by Cameron MacPherson.
Try missed. Liel Abada (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the field is simply too excessive. Assisted by Albian Ajeti.
Michael Johnston (Celtic) hits the best put up with a proper footed shot from the left aspect of the field. Assisted by David Turnbull.
Harmful play by Carl Starfelt (Celtic).
Eetu Vertainen (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Celtic. Albian Ajeti replaces Jota.
Substitution, St. Johnstone. Eetu Vertainen replaces Christopher Kane.
Try missed. Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic) header from very shut vary misses to the best. Assisted by David Turnbull with a cross following a nook.
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Callum Sales space.
Try missed. Anthony Ralston (Celtic) proper footed shot from the centre of the field misses to the best. Assisted by Jota with a cross following a nook.
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Zander Clark.
Try saved. Michael Johnston (Celtic) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the backside proper nook. Assisted by Jota.
Substitution, Celtic. Liel Abada replaces Kyogo Furuhashi.
Aim! Celtic 2, St. Johnstone 0. Josip Juranovic (Celtic) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the underside proper nook.