Celtic held by Saints

by Setanta Staff , 11 November 2012

Celtic were held to a 1-1 draw at home to St Johnstone on Sunday afternoon.

The Bhoys, who beat Barcelona 2-1 on Wednesday, looked set to return to the top of the Scottish Premier League after Tony Watt had struck early in the second half, but Nigel Hasselbaink's fine effort on the turn earned a point for the visitors. Hibernian, having defeated Dundee United 2-1 earlier on Sunday, sit atop the table.

Celtic dominated the first period, but in a dull affair, failed to open the scoring.

However, half-time substitute Watt netted in the 51st minute, bundling the ball home after beating goalkeeper Alan Mannus to a long ball from Charlie Mulgrew.

Immediately after falling behind, St Johnstone purposefully set about restoring parity, which they did with 13 minutes of normal time remaining when Hasselbaink spun and beat Fraser Forster with a fine low strike.

The hosts pushed for a winner in the closing stages but the away side defended resolutely to secure a share of the spoils.

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