Celtic handed themselves a lifeline in Europe on Tuesday with a deserved 2-0 win over Ferencvaros, and Ange Postecoglou will be particularly pleased with back-to-back clean sheets after beating Motherwell by the same scoreline last weekend.
Although it’s hard to fully trust the backline just yet, a settled centre-back partnership of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt is starting to help get results.
After a disappointing spell where the Hoops went just W2-D1-L5 from late August to the end of September, the Hoops have now won three in a row.
Admittedly, three of those defeats came in Europe against AZ Alkmaar, Real Betis and Leverkusen, while another was inflicted by Rangers.
Domestically, Celtic are W7-D2-L3 this season, as aside from that Old Firm derby defeat, second-placed Hearts and Livingston are the only other sides to beat them.
All three domestic losses have come away from home, and results and performances have been much better back at Parkhead.
Across all competitions, Celtic have won eight of their last 10 at home as they scored at least twice in each victory, as well as a minimum of three goals on six occasions.
They’ve registered seven clean sheets over this spell, with seven of these games seeing them win by at least two clear goals, and by three or more in five of them.
St. Johnstone have picked up a little of late with three wins from their last five fixtures, though these came against an Aberdeen side that have struggled this term, as well as a pair of clashes with Dundee, who are second from bottom in the league.
Overall, they’re W3-D6-L6 in all competitions this season, with five of those defeats coming in their past nine outings, most recently going down 3-0 to Livingston last weekend.
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Celtic have won 11 of 12 unbeaten clashes with St. Johnstone since 2018/19, keeping clean sheets in 10 of those victories.
They won by at least two clear goals in eight of these games, including a 4-0 thumping when they last met in May.
They may not be as strong as a couple of years ago, but their consistent home form should propel them to a relatively comfortable victory this weekend.
St Johnstone have scored the joint-fewest goals this season and so Celtic have a good opportunity to register a third clean sheet on the spin.
However, regardless of whether they slip up at the back, their firepower looks set to cover any deficiencies.
Having Kyogo Furuhashi back in recent weeks has certainly helped, with the Japanese international managing nine goals from 12 starts for the club to date, but he’s not the only attacking threat with winger Jota in particular impressing in recent fixtures.
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