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Hoops sink Saints... and it's just like the real thing!

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CELTIC were scheduled to take on St Johnstone today (Saturday) prior to the postponement of the Scottish football fixtures due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. And the club continues to urge everyone to stay safe while also supporting Celtic FC Foundation in providing some practical and financial help.

The Celtic social media team, at this time, have given supporters a taste of football in the shape of the club partner, eFootball PES 2020, allowing the video game to simulate a clash between Celtic and St Johnstone at Paradise... and here's the match report from that virtual game!

Scottish Premiership
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Celtic Park, Glasgow

CELTIC…4
(Griffiths 2,72, Edouard 13, 58)

ST JOHNSTONE…0

NEIL Lennon's Celtic side produced an impressive performance to record a 4-0 win over St Johnstone. Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard both hit two goals apiece as the Hoops continued their impressive league form in 2020.

Griffiths opened the scoring early on and Edouard followed up 10 minutes later. The Frenchman made it three shortly after the break before Griffiths added another with a trademark left-footed shot from outside the box.

Celtic started with a relentless tempo and never let up - the sprint button must have been pressed down for the entire 90 minutes! The first chance fell to Tom Rogic who collected the ball from James Forrest on the edge of the area before firing off a shot which deflected out for a corner.

Forrest then latched on to the headed clearance from the set-piece before cutting inside and taking aim with a shot of his own. The winger’s effort was blocked inside a packed penalty area but Griffiths was well-positioned to steer the rebound into the bottom corner.

Odsonne Edouard nearly doubled the lead minutes later after turning away from Jason Kerr on the edge of the box and shooting for the top corner, but Zander Clark denied the Frenchman with a fine save. It would be the first of many for the Saints goalkeeper, who worked tirelessly to deny Celtic’s front two a hat-trick each.

Forrest was unfortunate not to join in on the scoring with the winger on sensational form that made Scott Tanser’s afternoon a torrid one. Forrest was denied what would have been a goal of the season contender early on when Clark flew across goal to push clear his right-footed shot from the edge of the 'D' which was fizzing towards the top corner.  

Clark was unquestionably the Saints’ best player and ensured the champions’ were not out of sight within the first 10 minutes. He delayed Griffiths’ brace with a good save in the 11th minute after Griffiths tried to chip him just inside the box.

There was nothing the St Johnstone stopper could do to stop Edouard’s shot two minutes later, however. Rogic fed the ball to striker who turned Liam Gordon and rifled the ball in off the post from 20 yards.

Tommy Wright’s team managed one good chance in the first half when Matt Butcher pounced on a loose ball in the middle of the park and quickly played a long pass over the top for Stevie May. The Saints striker got in front of Christopher Jullien but wasted his chance with a poor strike well wide of the mark.

Celtic responded with more chances in front of goal with both Edouard and Griffiths coming close late in the half but a Clark save and a narrowly off-target shot kept the score at 2-0 going into the break.

The scoreline changed again early in the second half when Kerr’s clearance inside the six-yard box from a Griffiths shot came off Edouard and bounced over the line.

More goals looked inevitable given Celtic’s dominance, and the visitors fell further behind with 18 minutes remaining when Griffiths bagged a well-deserved second. The 29-year-old received the ball with his back to goal, rolled it to his right and turned to fire off a powerful strike that flew across goal and into the bottom corner.

Celtic never let up in attack and continued to pepper St Johnstone’s goalmouth with chance after chance, but some desperate defending and more saves from Clark spared Tommy Wright’s side any further blushes.

CELTIC: Forster, Ajer, Jullien, Bitton; Taylor, Brown, McGregor, Forrest, Rogic; Edouard, Griffiths.
Subs: Gordon, Hayes, Frimpong, Elhamed, Christie, Elyounoussi, Ntcham

ST JOHNSTONE: Clark, Tanser, McCart, Gordon, Kerr, Wright, Butcher, Holt, McCann, May, Hendry
Subs: Parish, Duffy, Booth, Wotherspoon, O’Halloran, Jones, Kane

Website Man of the Match: Leigh Griffiths

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