Game to be played on Friday 15th May at 19:45. Venue: McDiarmid Park, Perth.
Odds: St Johnstone 8/1, draw 7/2, Celtic 2/5
Ronny Deila is set to make at least two changes to his team when Celtic visit St Johnstone on Friday night.
It has been confirmed that Stefan Johansen and Nir Bitton will both rested whilst Charlie Mulgrew – who hasn’t featured since December – makes a return to the squad and is likely to feature at some point.
Virgil van Dijk is still a doubt for the match after picking up an injury late on against Aberdeen, and that could force Deila to reshuffle his defensive pack.
St Johnstone will be without captain Dave Mackay, who is set to have surgery on a long standing hip injury, but on-loan striker Brian Graham is free to play after sitting out against his parent club Dundee United in the last match.
Saints manager Tommy Wright – who has made very few changes to his team selection in recent weeks – spoke in the week about his ambition to do a Scottish Premiership double over Celtic, after beating them 1-0 in March, but the Hoops have won the other two encounters this campaign.
If Wright’s side were to take the three points, it would be the first time since the 1998/99 season that St Johnstone have beaten Celtic twice in one league campaign, but it will be a difficult task considering they have only won once in 10 games against the Premiership champions.
It would also require the Saints to end a two-match drawing sequence, whereas Celtic have not lost since the game between the sides at the beginning of March, with Deila’s men winning eight of their nine league games in that time and drawing one.
Predicted St Johnstone line-up
Mannus, G Miller, Scobbie, Wright, Anderson, C Millar, Wotherspoon, Swanson, Davidson, MacLean, O’Halloran
Predicted Celtic line-up
Gordon, Izaguirre, Ambrose, Denayer, Fisher, Brown, Mulgrew, Armstrong, Commons, Mackay-Steven, Griffiths