Callum Davidson’s St. Johnstone are all at sea with their latest defeat against Ross County their seventh on the bounce, as each of these games finished either 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1.
This sequence of results has seen them slip to the bottom of the table, and it’s difficult to see anything other than a win for the visitors in this one.
In fact, Celtic have already beaten St. Johnstone twice this season, coming by 1-0 and 2-0 scorelines, while their final meeting last term saw the Hoops win 4-0.
They’ve now won all but one of their 14 meetings with St. Johnstone since 2018/19, while registering clean sheets in 12 of those victories.
Celtic were frustrated by a covid-hit St. Mirren last time out, but in truth they dominated the game with 83% of possession as they produced 31 shots.
The slip-up may well prove costly however as they’re now six points adrift of Rangers in the title race, but it’s hardly likely to result in any long-term downgrade in form.
Celtic To Win To Nil
The Hoops had won their previous seven matches and are an impressive W15-D2-L1 since the start of October, as only German outfit Bayer Leverkusen could get the better of them in a narrow 3-2 defeat.
That includes six wins from their past seven away from home domestically, and given the dire form of their hosts, nothing but a win will suffice here.
St. Johnstone may hold the best defensive record amongst the bottom-half teams, but the 10 goals they’ve managed to score this season is by far the worst in the division.
That leaves their matches as the lowest-scoring affairs, and so it’s hardly likely they’ll be taking the game to their visitors.
16 of St. Johnstone’s past 21 matches have seen fewer than three goals, with at least one team failing to score in 15 of these.
Nine of the last 11 alone have featured a maximum of two goals, so it certainly looks set to be a case of damage limitation.
Celtic still have their own absent players, most notably in attack, but St. Johnstone have some missing men of their own and the outcome here feels inevitable.
CELTIC TO WIN TO NIL