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Celtic vs St Johnstone betting tips: Scottish Premiership preview, predictions and odds

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Celtic vs St Johnstone match preview

Following last weekend’s shock League Cup defeat, can Celtic get back to winning ways?

On Sunday, the holders were dumped out of the League Cup by Kilmarnock, beaten 1-0 at Rugby Park, with the afternoon’s only goal coming on the hour mark.

Amazingly, this is only the fifth time in 60 years that the Hoops have failed to reach the League Cup quarter-finals, after 81/82, 98/99, 13/14 and 20/21… in case you were wondering.

So, Brendan Rodgers will not be picking up another domestic treble, with this his first-ever cup defeat in Scottish football.

Back in the Premiership, the champions do have maximum points on the board, beating Ross County 4-2 on the opening weekend before a 3-1 victory at Pittodrie so far.

Liel Abada, Kyōgo Furuhashi and Matt O’Riley all scoring in that victory in Aberdeen.

If’s it’s concerned supporters you’re after, look no further than St Johnstone, who’s season so far could hardly have gone any worse to date.

First, the Saints were eliminated from the League Cup in the group stages, suffering embarrassing defeats at the hands of Stenhousemuir, Ayr United and Stirling Albion, the latter ending 4-0 to the third-tier side.

Then, Steven MacLean’s men have endured back-to-back 2-0 defeats to kick off the new Premiership campaign, defeated by Hearts at McDiarmid Park and then at the hands of Ross County in Dingwall.

MacLean only took over as manager in mid-April, but is already under enormous pressure, pretty much already writing this game off and targeting next Saturday’s clash with Dundee as must win.

St Johnstone have lost each of their last four visits to Parkhead, conceding 17 goals, with both tallies set to increase here.

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Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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