Celtic held at home

Celtic appeared to be suffering a case of the Barcelona blues yesterday as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by St Johnstone in their Scottish Premier League clash at Parkhead, yesterday.

There was a tangible sense of anti-climax inside Celtic Park following the Hoops’ historic 2-1 Champions League home win over the Catalan giants on Wednesday and even when substitute Tony Watt put the home side ahead they did not look convincing.

Saints, who had been recently walloped 5-0 in the same venue in the League Cup quarter-finals, sensed a point was there for the taking and Nigel Hasselbaink levelled in the 76th minute to leave Celtic with two points from the last nine and two behind Hibernian at the top of the table.

Watt, who had come on as a substitute to score against Barca, replaced Miku for the start of the second half and six minutes later he put Celtic ahead.

Saints keeper Alan Mannus did not look too clever when he allowed a searching pass to reach former Airdrie striker Watt who prodded the ball home from a couple of yards out with Frazer Wright clearing only when the it was over the line.

However, the Celtic defence looked uneasy when Mackay’s ball came into the box and when it eventually fell to Hasselbaink he turned and drove it past Forster from around 10 yards out.


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