Celtic will look to put some breathing space between themselves and Rangers with a win at McDiarmid Park tomorrow (April 12th).
Neil Lennon’s men currently lie two points clear of their local rivals in the Scottish Premier League having played the same number of games.
A win over St Johnstone would put the pressure back on Rangers to keep in touch as the SPL season nears its conclusion.
The Celtic Park outfit have picked up two wins since a 2-1 League Cup final reverse to Rangers – beating St Mirren 1-0 and subjecting Hibernian to a 3-1 defeat – and are odds-on to keep the run going against Derek McInnes’ side.
Lennon returns from a five-match touchline suspension and will be looking to put his mark on the match and guide his side to silverware at the year’s end.
Commenting on his ban, the Northern Irishman said: “I had a five-game ban so I just felt that I couldn’t do my job properly and there was a lot of adverse publicity that was taking the shine away from the team, the performances of the team and the focus of the team.
“So I just decided to take a break. I’m glad the ban’s over and I can get back to doing what I want to do and that encompasses all aspects of the job again.”
The away side can currently be backed at odds of 3/10 and with 15-goal star Gary Hooper fit to return, the safe money looks to be on an upset for the home fans.
Hooper will be looking to add to his season’s tally against ninth-placed St Johnstone, as will Anthony Stokes, who currently sits just two goals behind his team mate in Celtic’s SPL scoring charts.
Meanwhile, things have not been going well of late for St Johnstone. A scoreless draw against Kilmarnock was followed by successive 2-0 defeats to Rangers and Dundee United.
And with top scorer Sam Parkin not fit to play, even the staunchest Saintees fan could be reluctant to back the home side at 31/4.
As such, St Johnstone fans could be enticed by the draw, which is currently priced at 17/5, or a second-half draw, which offers odds of 33/20.
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