Celtic face St Johnstone on Sunday as the Scottish Champions look to continue their fine run of form against Callum Davidson’s side. The teams last met on Christmas Eve with Celtic winning 4-1 thanks to braces from Reo Hatate and Kyogo.
Hatate opened the scoring for Celtic with a wonderful strike. Kyogo played a great pass into space for the advancing Daizen Maeda, who flashed a cross into the box. James Forrest elected to dummy the shot and let the ball roll, knowing Kyogo had made his way into the box. A defender got in the way and set the ball out to Aaron Mooy. Mooy slid a pass to Hatate, who smashed the ball into the net.
Kyogo made it 2-0 to Celtic by finding himself on the end of a ball from Matt O’Riley. The Danish U21 got himself in a good position and allowed Greg Taylor to play him into the space by the line before flashing a cross into the six yard box. Kyogo made no mistake and took the acclaim of the support.
Kyogo made it 3-0 to Celtic with another tidy finish. Mooy played a phenomenal pass to slice through the St Johnstone defence before Forrest pushed forward. His cross was hit towards the front post and it was duly attacked by the Japanese striker.
Hatate made it 4-0 with a slotted finish. Once again, Celtic pushed forward with intent and the stand-in right back was relishing his new role. Callum McGregor clipped the ball into Hatate’s path, who sized up whether to pass or shoot before firing the ball beyond the Saints goalie. Drey Wright pulled one back for Saints but it would finish 4-1.
David Turnbull was shown a straight red card in injury time after a VAR check.