Match 5 of 6 in January: Celtic v St Johnstone

After Tuesday’s annihilation of Hamilton Accies, Ronny Deila must organise and prepare his players for the visit of St Johnstone today. After that 8-1 home win, the manager will be looking to make Celtic Park a difficult place for teams to visit.

It’s match 5 of 6 for the month of January where six victories would be a very positive marker for the domestic campaign. I think it is fair to say though that St Johnstone will be the toughest opponent Celtic will have faced this month.

So far the Hoops have overcome Partick Thistle (9th), Stranraer (8th in Scottish League One), Dundee United (12th) and Hamilton Accies (10th). St Johnstone on the other hand are a respectable 4th in the Scottish Premiership.

The fact that they are seeking their first victory since 5th December is something that should be met with caution though. You never know when that run of games without a win is going to end and you don’t want to end up being the team it happens against!

With that in mind, Celtic will set up differently against Tommy Wright’s side. St Johnstone caused Celtic one or two problems last season though Celtic have put three goals past them on both occasions in the current campaign, conceding only one.

Aberdeen remain on the coat tails of Celtic after winning 1-0 last night at Pittodrie. They beat Dundee to close the gap to 3 points.

Celtic can restore that 6 point gap by winning once more at Celtic Park this afternoon. There may be some personnel changes in the midfield but the back four is likely to remain unchanged as is our lone striker, Leigh Griffiths.

St Johnstone will be seeking that first win since December. Celtic will be looking to maintain momentum.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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