Celtic’s final away day this season ended with defeat as St Johnstone came from behind to beat the Scottish Champions.
After making seven changes from Sunday’s win over Aberdeen, Ronny Deila’s men look disjointed in the first-half, as chances for both sides were at a premium.
Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring in the 53rd minute after netting a superb solo effort, taking his tally to 40 goals this season.
However, just three minutes later, Saints striker Steven MacLean pounced on a horrible mistake from Stefan Johansen and coolly chipped the ball past Logan Bailly, to make it all square.
With 13 minutes remaining, Graham Cummins scored what turned out to be the winner for the home side, after another calamitous error from Efe Ambrose.
Both Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie had chances late on, but ultimately it wasn’t enough for Deila’s side, as they fell to a first league defeat in 13 league games.
Here are the player ratings from the game.
Logan Bailly 5/10
Had a mixed night. Was confident in distribution when in possession of the ball but did have a number of hairy moments. Handled the ball outside of the area in the first-half and was somewhat at fault for St Johnstone’s second goal.
Saidy Janko 6/10
A decent run-out for Saidy Janko as he’s gradually getting back to being full fit. Wasn’t tested as much defensively and didn’t offer as much going forward either.
Efe Ambrose 4/10
Another costly error from the Nigerian allowed St Johnstone to score what turned out to be the winner. Looked good when doing the basics right, but one too many errors has raised question marks once again as to why another centre-back was not given a chance.
Erik Sviatchenko 7/10
Captain for the night and again showed why he’s a fans favourite. Was solid in defence and when faced with one-on-one situations, he dealt with them well. Another gem unearthed by Celtic it would seem.
Emilio Izaguirre 5/10
In what may turn out to be Emilio Izagurrie’s last match for Celtic, he may have felt disappointed with his overall performance. Defensively caught out for St Johnstone’s second goal allowing the cross to be whipped into the box. Also wandered forward far too often allowing St Johnstone space down their right-hand side.
Callum McGregor 7/10
Since coming into the side, Callum McGregor has offered a tempo to the team which has been lacking this season. A composed performance in the middle of the park and doesn’t look out of place in the heart of the midfield. Got the attack started for the Hoops goal.
Stefan Johansen 5/10
A performance which summed up Stefan Johansen’s season. Got the assist for Leigh Griffiths’ goal but lacked an intensity in the middle of the park. At times he looked out of place and was at fault for St Johnstone’s equaliser. One too many touches allowed Steven MacLean to score from his error.
Patrick Roberts 6/10
A quiet night for winger but he never gave up. Had a few half-chances, none of which really troubled the opposition goal. Teams may start to double up on him next season like St Johnstone but does offer something special in attack.
Ryan Christie 7/10
Having not featured as much as he hoped to, Ryan Christie grasped his opportunity and looked lively throughout. Created the only clear-cut chance in the first-half when Griffiths head straight at the keeper. Had a chance late on to equalise but couldn’t find the net. Could play a huge part next season if given the chance.
Scott Allan 6/10
Scott Allan is another player who hasn’t featured as much but did put in a shift on the left-hand side. Rarely had the chance to create opportunities but did track-back well. Not a winger but a more creative 10. Again another player, who, given the chance next season, could have a big impact for Celtic.
Leigh Griffiths 7/10
The hitman netted his 40th goal of the season and what a goal it was. Lovely movement from the striker, waltzing past a few St Johnstone players before stabbing the ball into the net. Had a header in the first-half saved but looked as sharp as ever.
Nir Bitton 4/10
Came on for Johansen and added a bit more urgency into the Celtic midfield. Failed to create anything, however.
Anthony Ralston 4/10
The youngster didn’t look out of place when he came on for Janko. He will aim to break into the first team next season and will look at Kieran Tierney’s success this campaign as a marker for him.
Tom Rogic 3/10
Came on for Scott Allan with 10 minutes remaining. Sadly he couldn’t produce that bit of magic like he did at Kilmarnock to get Celtic something from the match.