Celtic v St Johnstone (Sun Dec 6th 2020)
Updated: Mar 3, 2021
Celtic 1 (Kane 79) St Johnstone 1 (Elyounoussi 83)
For St Johnstone's goal Jullien doesn't winner the header in the box from a throw in then Frimpong's clearance doesn't go far enough then Turnbull's header only goes to a St Johnstone player. Then the back line is all over the place with Frimpong not looking at the outside runner May and being attracted to the ball. Ajer, Jullien, McGregor and Bitton all further behind playing both him and the scorer Kane onside. Ajer was also poor not to notice the danger behind Frimpong. Then a pass across the goal is tapped in. Barkas looks like he could be blameless but he totally doesn't anticipate any possibility that the ball is going to be squared (the sensible option) and is less in a position outside the post rather than in the middle of his goal. He's also compensating too much for the near post shot and as such if May did shoot across the goal he might have had enough space to score.
Christie got the assist for Celtic's equaliser.
Celtic had an NP xG of 1.91 while St Johnstone had an NP xG of 0.59 Celtic had 17 shots with 5 being on target. Possession was 69% with 764 touches. Celtic had 8 corners and touches in the box were 31. Total Passes were 570 with a Passing accuracy of 83%. Celtic had 18 crosses. Possession in the final third was 30% and Celtic passes in the final third were 190.
Christie was man of the match due to his stats. Christie had 1 assist, 2 shots, 88 touches, 82% pass rate 2, 3 key passes, 5 successful dribbles from 7 attempted, 3 aerials won from 3 attempted, 3 tackles won from 3 attempted, 7 recoveries and 4 touches in the box. After changing to a 352 for the Ross County game then back to a 4231 for the AC Milan game Celtic changed again back to a 352.
Jullien came in for Elhamed, Christie moved inside and Rogic moved up top with Edouard for the 9th partnership out of 11 games when playing 352. Turnbull was available again but could only make the bench. Forrest was still unavailable. Celtic lined up with; - Barkas - Bitton, Jullien and Ajer - Frimpong and Laxalt
- Brown, Christie and McGregor - Rogic and Edouard
Elyounoussi, Turnbull, Taylor and Griffiths all came on as subs. Key note - Celtic played 70 long balls (12%) which was the 2nd highest of the season and was 37 more than they played against Hibs in their last home league game (excluding Rangers). The St Johnstone goal highlighted a complete lack of structure, accountability and basic technical defending skills in the Celtic team.