Celtic were victorious in Perth on Sunday afternoon as goals from Callum McGregor, Matt O’Riley, and James Forrest ensured three points came back to Glasgow. For a fair while, however, it was the hosts who led.

St. Johnstone took the lead in the first half, and their manager, Craig Levein, admitted post-match that he was left gutted as the Hoops worked their way to win the game. He said (PLZ Soccer): “Those two goals were actually like a kick in the whatsits.”

Levien’s words were laboured and he looked rattled as he tried to describe the final half an hour of the game where Celtic upped the tempo and scored some tremendous goals.

3rd December 2023; McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland: Scottish Premiership Football, St Johnstone versus Celtic; Alistair Johnston of Celtic celebrates towards the fans after the Matt ORiley of Celtic goal in the 79th minute makes it 2-1

The travelling support experienced the opposite of what Levein did when McGregor and then O’Riley scored. Particularly when the latter bagged, the away end went into raptures.

To be on the receiving end of a hard-fought Celtic victory would have been tough for the old Hearts gaffer, but the Hoops deserved their win. The performance may not have been there for the majority, but the result was in the end, and that is what matters most.


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