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St Johnstone v Celtic (Sun Oct 4th 2020)

St Johnstone 0 Celtic 2 (Griffiths 90, Klimala 92) An assist for Elhamed and Duffy for the goals.

Griffiths made his first appearance of the season when coming on as a sub in 76mins and scored 14 mins later.

Celtic had an NP xG of 1.69 while St Johnstone had an NP xG of 0.66. Celtic had 19 shots with only 3 being on target (the 2 goals plus an attempt by Duffy). Possession was 69% with 822 touches. Celtic had 11 corners which was equal to our best of the season and touches in the box were 27. Total Passes were 523 with a Passing accuracy of 85%. Duffy received a Man of the Match rating due to the stats and had 118 touches, 11.2% of the possession, 4 shots at goal, 1 key pass, 86% passing accuracy from 106 passes, 11 aerials won and 4 clearances. Celtic lined up with; - Barkas - Elhamed, Duffy, Ajer - Frimpong, Ntcham, Turnbull, McGregor and Taylor - Elyounoussi and Edouard Elhamed came in for Bitton, Ntcham came back into the team (for Christie) and Turnbull came in for his first start of the season. Brown was dropped for the first time this season. The forward partnership was the same 2 for the first time in 7 games after going to a 352.

Bitton, Ajeti and Forrest were injured. Christie and Brown came on to keep up their ever present record and Klimala came on to keep up his ever present record in the league. Griffiths and Rogic came on for their first taste of action this season. Key notes from the game - Griffiths and Rogic making their first appearances of the season after coming on as subs. Other than the 2 goals we only had 1 shot on target on 25mins meaning we had no shots on target from 25mins until 90mins.

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