Celtic will travel to Perth to take on St Johnstone in their 25th league game of the season on Sunday.

It was a hard fought battle the last time the Hoops travelled up the A9 as they had to count on a last gasp 96th minute winner from Giorgos Giakoumakis to secure all three points having conceded late on in the game.

Ange Postecoglou had made a number of changes to his team that afternoon as the match followed a tough Champions League tie against Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

It was the first time that Matt O’Riley deputised in the pivot role for the Hoops as he played alongside the likes of Stephen Welsh and Alexandro Bernabei who hadn’t featured too often.

8th October 2022; McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Scottish premier league football, St Johnstone versus Celtic: Celtic players Stephen Welsh Giorgos Giakoumakis Alexandro Bernabei celebrate after the match

Celtic are in fine form heading into this next league match as they have won their previous six fixtures in all competitions having not conceded a goal in any of those matches.

The target will be to once again finish the weekend with their nine point advantage at the top of the table as the countdown will then be on to the split fixtures with only 13 games remaining the Premiership.

Postecoglou didn’t alter his team too much following the 2-0 victory at Tannadice going into the Livingston game and may only make a few changes to freshen things up a bit.

Joe Hart – The Hoops keeper is always the first name on the team sheet and he will be delighted to have kept so many clean sheets in recent matches.

Alistair Johnston – Since making his debut for the club last month, he has seamlessly integrated his way into the side. Anthony Ralston was not on the bench for Celtic on Wednesday but it is expected that he will feature at some point during the run in.

Cameron Carter-Vickers – Having returned to the starting line up last weekend there’s no doubts that the USA international will start at McDiarmid Park.

Carl Starfelt – The defensive relationship between Carter-Vickers and the Swede is key which has been a big part of Celtic’s success under Postecoglou.

Greg Taylor – After missing a number of games in January, the Scotland international looked back to his best against Livingston and scored a terrific goal to give the Hoops the lead.

Callum McGregor – The next target will be 500 games for the club and once again, the 29-year-old put in a top performance against Livingston.

Reo Hatate – After being snubbed for Japan’s World Cup squad, Hatate has been in fine form for the Hoops who links up incredibly well with Greg Taylor as he likes to pick up pockets of space that is hellish for opposition players to defend against.

Aaron Mooy – Matt O’Riley was given the chunk of minutes during midweek but it’s likely that Mooy will return to the side. He is going from strength to strength in Hoops and will look to put in another top performance.

Liel Abada – The forward positions are always where there could be some rotation and having came off the bench during midweek, Abada may be given the nod to start.

Kyogo Furuhashi – The Japanese striker is in terrific form having scored his 18th league goal during midweek. He’ll be looking to once again get on the scoresheet for Celtic.

30th October 2022 ; Almondvale Stadium, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland: Scottish Premier League football, Livingstone versus Celtic: Kyogo Furuhashi of Celtic celebrates after he makes it 1-0 in the 9th minute

Jota – As Daizen Maeda played the full 90 minutes on Wednesday, the manager may look to play the same front free that started the match against Dundee United and bring Maeda into the game later.



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