Odsonne Edouard’s two goals in two minutes saved Celtic, who was in St Johnstone came from behind and scored four straight wins in the Scottish Premier League

Shaun Rooney’s header gave Saints a shocking head start and set the hosts on their way to their first win against the Glasgow side in nearly five years

Edouard’s intervention 10 minutes later saved Celtic, who, with one game in hand, is 18 points behind the Rangers leaders

Kristoffer Ajer and Shane Duffy’s efforts over the bar were as close as possible, but they began to move through the aisles as the first half progressed

Rooney stepped in sharply to refuse Edouard, then Frenchman Tom Rogic’s low cross hit the back post and Callum Booth had to clear the line

Celtic kept coming back when St Johnstone struggled to get out of their own half David Turnbull and Ryan Christie had efforts from outside the box, but goalkeeper Zander Clark was largely undisturbed. Celtic dominated every division but couldn’t break the impasse before half time

St Johnstone hadn’t scored a home goal against Celtic since February 2017 – a Dedryk Boyata own goal when Duffy misjudged a cross, Craig Conway had a golden chance to end that barren run, but the shot was poor and Scott Bain collected it easily

They didn’t make a mistake, however, when another opportunity came a minute later, Booth’s cross was perfect for Rooney, who left the Celtic defense behind and shot a header past the goalkeeper

The home team checked the history books as they went for a first win against Celtic since 2016.But just 10 minutes later, Christie jumped past Jason Kerr on the right and put the ball on a plate for Edouard, the Celtic back on a level brought

Within two minutes they were leading, Edouard collected Greg Taylor’s ball, turned the defender and goalkeeper and then shot home

After that, Celtic were pushed back. Chris Kane had blocked a shot and Glenn Middleton had deflected a curler with his left foot wide

Celtic brushed things up with the introduction of Leigh Griffiths and Mohamed Elyounoussi, but they couldn’t extend their lead

Callum Davidson, manager of St Johnstone, didn’t do much wrong His team defended well in the first 45 minutes as Celtic tried everything to break them and after weathering that storm they attacked vigorously in the second half

But two lesson moments from Celtic showed what else they have in their locker

Callum Davidson, manager of St Johnstone: “It’s hard to take. I’ll do the honors to my players for keeping them working. I’m really disappointed that we didn’t take anything out of the game

“We have some big games ahead of us. In the last eight weeks we’ve only lost to Rangers and Celtic, so we’ll be adding that positive attitude to them”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: “The nature of the performance was very good, the response was first class and we scored two wonderful goals

Celtic will be at home in Aberdeen on Wednesday (18:00 GMT) This is their game against the Rangers of the Premier League St Johnstone is next in action on Saturday when they travel to Motherwell (15:00)

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Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55967784