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Celtic vs St Johnstone betting tips: Scottish League Cup Semi-final preview, predictions and odds

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Celtic vs St Johnstone betting tips

This article covers Celtic vs St Johnstone betting tips and predictions, and these are the betting odds.

Celtic 2/5

Draw 15/4

St Johnstone 6/1

Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Celtic vs St Johnstone: Match details

Match: Celtic vs St Johnstone

Competition: Scottish League Cup Semi-final

Date: Saturday 20 November 2021

Kick-off time: 5:15 pm, (UK)

Stadium: Hampden Park

Betting prediction: Celtic 3-1 St Johnstone

Celtic vs St Johnstone betting tips: Scottish League Cup Semi-final preview, predictions and odds

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 08: Kyōgo Furuhashi of Celtic celebrates his third goal (Hat trick goal) during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Dundee FC on August 8, 2021 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Celtic vs St Johnstone: Recommended bets

Celtic to win and over 2.5 goals is 10/11.

Celtic to win and both teams to score is 9/4.

Kyōgo Furuhashi is 14/5 to break the deadlock and 1/1 to score anytime.

Jota is 9/2 to open the scoring and 7/4 to add to his tally.

Chris Kane is 10/1 to score first and 7/2 to net in 90 minutes.

Celtic vs St Johnstone: What are the betting odds?

Celtic vs St Johnstone – recent form and head to head statistics

Celtic Glasgow vs St Johnstone FC form
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Celtic Glasgow vs Hibernian FC - 2:0
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St Johnstone FC vs Celtic Glasgow - 1:3
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St Mirren FC vs Celtic Glasgow - 0:0
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Hibernian FC vs Celtic Glasgow - 1:2
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Ross County FC vs Celtic Glasgow - 1:2
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Heart of Midlothian FC vs St Johnstone FC - 2:0
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St Johnstone FC vs Celtic Glasgow - 1:3
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St Johnstone FC vs Ross County FC - 1:2
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Motherwell FC vs St Johnstone FC - 2:0
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Glasgow Rangers vs St Johnstone FC - 2:0
Last 5 games for Celtic Glasgow
January 17, 2022 Premiership 21/22 Celtic Glasgow 2  - 0 Hibernian FC
January 2, 2022 Premiership 21/22 Celtic Glasgow 0  - 0 Glasgow Rangers
December 29, 2021 Premiership 21/22 Celtic Glasgow 0  - 0 Hibernian FC
December 26, 2021 Premiership 21/22 St Johnstone FC 1  - 3 Celtic Glasgow
December 22, 2021 Premiership 21/22 St Mirren FC 0  - 0 Celtic Glasgow
Last 5 games for St Johnstone FC
January 18, 2022 Premiership 21/22 Heart of Midlothian FC 2  - 0 St Johnstone FC
January 2, 2022 Premiership 21/22 Livingston FC 0  - 0 St Johnstone FC
December 29, 2021 Premiership 21/22 Heart of Midlothian FC 0  - 0 St Johnstone FC
December 26, 2021 Premiership 21/22 St Johnstone FC 1  - 3 Celtic Glasgow
December 22, 2021 Premiership 21/22 St Johnstone FC 1  - 2 Ross County FC
Celtic Glasgow vs St Johnstone FC League Cup 2021 form
Celtic Glasgow St Johnstone FC
4 Matches played 3
4 Matches won 2
82 Goal attempts 5
26 Shots on goal 2
26 Shots off goal 3
38 Corner kicks 8
68% Average ball possession 14%
30 Shots blocked 0
7 Cards given 9
58 Free kicks 10
8 Offsides 2
1 Shots on bar 0
7 Goals by foot 4
2 Goals by head 0
9 Goals scored 4
3 Goals conceded 3
Celtic Glasgow vs St Johnstone FC statistics for most recent head to head matches
Celtic Glasgow St Johnstone FC
69 Matches 69
34 Home Matches 35
35 Away Matches 34
161 Total Goals 41
2.33 Average Goals Scored 0.59
53 Wins 8
8 Losses 53
8 Draws 8
Last 5 games & match results between Celtic Glasgow and St Johnstone FC
December 26, 2021 Premiership 21/22 St Johnstone FC 1  - 3 Celtic Glasgow
November 20, 2021 League Cup 2021 Celtic Glasgow 1  - 0 St Johnstone FC
October 23, 2021 Premiership 21/22 Celtic Glasgow 2  - 0 St Johnstone FC
May 12, 2021 Premiership 20/21 Celtic Glasgow 4  - 0 St Johnstone FC
February 14, 2021 Premiership 20/21 St Johnstone FC 1  - 2 Celtic Glasgow

Celtic vs St Johnstone: Match preview

Celtic vs St Johnstone betting tips: Scottish League Cup Semi-final preview, predictions and odds

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 31: The Celtic team pictured before the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern München at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

After a first trophyless season since 2009/10, will Celtic book their place in this year’s League Cup Final?

In December 2020, Celtic beat Heart of Midlothian on penalties, after a 3-3 draw, in that year’s delayed Scottish Cup Final.

This completed an unprecedented quadruple-treble as Celtic supporters enjoyed success no one ever thought possible.

A ridiculous 1,744 days elapsed without anyone, other than Celtic, lifting major Scottish silverware.

But, that was followed by last season which was an unadulterated disaster.

The Hoops finished 25 points behind Rangers and crashed out the League Cup to Ross County before a 2-0 defeat at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup.

This season though, under Ange Postecoglou, the Celts are rejuvenated.

It’s not perfect but they’re going in the right direction.

Last time out, Celtic beat Dundee 4-2 at Dens Park with Jota and Kyōgo Furuhashi both bagged braces.

This means they’re now unbeaten in seven Premiership games, winning five, only slipped up against Livingston since last-September.

This leaves them four points behind Rangers, a gap they’ll certainly be hoping to close in the coming weeks following this week’s turbulence across the city.

In the last month, they’ve also beaten Ferencváros home and away to secure post-Christmas European football.

Upcoming games against Bayer Leverkusen and then Real Betis will determine if that’s in the Europa League or the UEFA Europa Conference League.

In this competition, the Bhoys have only had to win two games to get here, beating Heart of Midlothian 3-2 and then Raith Rovers 3-0.

In the quarter-final tie against the Championship club, Jota, Liel Abada and David Turnbull all scored in a routine win.

So now, Celtic return to Hampden to play in front of fans for the first time since the famous 2019 League Cup Final.

That day, Rangers had all the chances and Jeremie Frimpong was sent off but Christopher Jullien got the only goal on a memorable December afternoon.

Overall, Celtic are unbeaten in 16 ties at neutral venues, 15 at Hampden and one at Murrayfield, a run that dates back to 2016.

Will the 19-times League Cup winners be returning to Hampden for this year’s final on 19 December?

Can St Johnstone spring a surprise?

Celtic vs St Johnstone betting tips: Scottish League Cup Semi-final preview, predictions and odds

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 22: Shaun Rooney of St Johnstone celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Scottish Cup Final between St Johnstone and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 22, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

St Johnstone though have also proved unbeatable in cup competitions under Callum Davidson.

Last season, against all the odds, the Saints won both the Scottish League Cup and then Scottish Cup in Davidson’s first season in charge.

This was remarkable for a whole host of reasons including, before last season, St Johnstone had won just one trophy in 136 years, the 2014 Scottish Cup.

Also, they’re just the fourth club, after Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen, to win multiple Scottish trophies in the same season.

To claim this trophy, they played a total of eight matches, hammering Hibs 3-0 in the semis before edging out Livingston 1-0 in the final.

Shaun Rooney with the only goal, coming in the 32nd minute.

En route to the Scottish Cup Final, they beat Rangers at Ibrox in the most dramatic of circumstances.

1-0 down in the 122nd minute, goalkeeper Zander Clark came up for the corner and his header was turned home by Chris Kane.

In the penalty shootout just minutes later, Clark saved two spot-kicks to dump out the run-away Premiership champions.

Subsequently, they beat St Mirren in the semis before some final déjà vu, a 1-0 win over Hibs with Shaun Rooney scoring in the 32nd minute.

This cup success gave them two shots at securing European group stage football but they just fell short back in August.

Despite battling to a 1-1 draw in İstanbul, the Saints were eventually beaten 5-3 on aggregate by Turkish giants Galatasaray.

It was the same story in the Europa Conference League play-offs, drawing 1-1 in Klagenfurt before Austrian side LASK won 2-0 at McDiarmid Park.

These early season European fixtures appear to have taken a lot out of them as they’re currently ninth in the Premiership, four points above danger.

The Saints drew 0-0 with the other saints, St Mirren, a fortnight ago so are unbeaten in three having held Hearts and beaten Dundee United at Tannadice.

In this competition, the holders needed a penalty shootout to edge out Championship Arbroath at Gayfield before easing past Dundee 2-0.

Shaun Rooney, yes him again, and then Ali Crawford on target at Dens Park.

This means, overall, Davidson is now unbeaten in 15 domestic cup matches, which is already impressive.

If he can make that 16 and take St Johnstone to another final, this time in front of fans, that may well be his greatest achievement yet.

St Johnstone are winless in 20 meetings with Celtic, drawing just two, so are of course huge underdogs.

Can the holders cause another huge upset at Hampden?


Celtic team news vs St Johnstone

Celtic vs St Johnstone betting tips: Scottish League Cup Semi-final preview, predictions and odds

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 26: A fan walks past a Celtic logo prior to the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and AFC Ajax at Celtic Park on November 26, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Ange Postecoglou still has a very thin pool of players to choose from so, with limited options, a lot of the XI picks itself.

Joe Hart, who won five major trophies with Manchester City, is looking to move a step closer to a first with Celtic.

Since moving north of Hadrian’s Wall, the 34 year old has started all 22 games, keeping ten clean sheets and conceding 23 goals.

At the back, Celtic are currently without Greg Taylor, Carl Starfelt, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo and 2019 final hero Christopher Jullien.

So, Josip Juranović will continue to fill in at left-back with Anthony Ralston on the right.

Ralston made his senior Scotland debut in Monday’s win over Denmark, a day before his 23rd birthday.

In the middle, Starfelt’s injury means Stephen Welsh has been Cameron Carter-Vickers’s partner.

Welsh hobbled off in Scotland U21’s defeat to Belgium on Tuesday and, if he isn’t fit, that leaves a real dearth of options.

In midfield, the Hoops are also currently without Tom Rogic after the Aussie hobbled off against Hibs last month.

So, Nir Bitton comes in to anchor midfield, pushing captain Callum McGregor further forward, alongside David Turnbull.

In attack though Postecoglou does have some options.

He’s likely to continue with the same front three that demolished Dundee 13 days ago: Jota and Lial Abada out-wide and Kyōgo Furuhashi through the middle.

Jota has already scored six Celtic goals, including three in his last two.

Kyōgo meanwhile has scored 13 in 18 appearances, an average of a goal every 97 minutes, to go with the 16 he scored for J.League side Vissel Kōbe in 2021.

There will be a pretty serviceable trio of attackers in reserve.

New-signing Georgios Giakoumakis as well as James Forrest and Mikey Johnston, both of whom are back from long-term injuries, could be game changers.

Will the Hoops march on to a 35th Scottish League Cup Final?

St Johnstone team news vs Celtic

Celtic vs St Johnstone betting tips: Scottish League Cup Semi-final preview, predictions and odds

A general view of the pitch before the Scottish Cup, Quarter Final at McDiarmid Park, Perth. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)

St Johnstone meanwhile will have to be at their very best to continue their unbeaten cup run.

Zander Clark was the hero of last season’s Scottish Cup success but could be an extremely busy goalkeeper in this one.

The Saints aren’t as good as they were last season and a key reason for this is the sale of two star players on deadline day.

On the same day, centre-back Jason Kerr joined Wigan for £600,000 while talismanic midfield Ali McCann signed for Preston for £1.2million.

Many perceive these fees to be ridiculously low but a combined nearly £2 million for two players is money they simply can’t turn down.

On the pitch, Kerr and, in particular, McCann leave huge shoes to fill.

Liam Gordon and Jamie McCart, along with Kerr, were last season’s immovable back three.

Former Celtic fans’ favourite Efe Ambrose completes the trio these days and he’ll return in place of Hayden Muller.

Callum Booth could get the nod over Reece Devine at left-wing-back with Shaun Rooney starting on the other side.

Rooney scored in the quarter-final, semi-final and final of last season’s League Cup as well as the Scottish Cup Final and this season’s last eight tie.

Of his seven goals for the club, three have come at Hampden.

His deputy James Brown is injured; he was called up for the first time by Malta last month but is yet to make his international debut.

In the middle, Liam Craig could return as a more defensive option, alongside Murray Davidson and Ali Crawford.

In attack, Rangers loanee Glenn Middleton could get the nod.

He stared in May’s Scottish Cup semi against St Mirren, scoring a stunning free-kick and assisting the other goal.

He’ll partner Chris Kane with David Wotherspoon, 2014 legend Stevie May and summer signing from Ilves Eetu Vertainen the other options.

Will St Johnstone pull off a major shock at Hampden?


Predicted Celtic line-up vs St Johnstone

Predicted Celtic line-up vs St Johnstone

Predicted St Johnstone line-up vs Celtic

Predicted St Johnstone line-up vs Celtic

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Highlights of Celtic 3-2 Heart of Midlothian

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Highlights of Celtic 2-0 St Johnstone

Highlights of Dundee 2-4 Celtic

Highlights of Dundee United 0-1 St Johnstone

Highlights of Hibernian 1-3 Celtic

Scottish Premiership table:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Glasgow Rangers 21 16 4 1 44 15 29 52
2 Celtic Glasgow 21 15 3 3 44 12 32 48
3 Heart of Midlothian FC 21 11 6 4 31 18 13 39
4 Motherwell FC 21 9 4 8 26 30 -4 31
5 Hibernian FC 21 8 5 8 24 24 0 29
6 Aberdeen FC 21 8 4 9 26 25 1 28
7 Dundee United 21 7 4 10 17 25 -8 25
8 Livingston FC 21 6 5 10 18 26 -8 23
9 St Mirren FC 21 4 10 7 20 32 -12 22
10 Ross County FC 21 5 6 10 30 36 -6 21
11 FC Dundee 21 4 4 13 18 39 -21 16
12 St Johnstone FC 21 3 5 13 11 27 -16 14
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