Ciftci goal enough to seal victory for young Celts
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90 + 3 Celtic break forward down the left but Blackett's return pass is intercepted.
FT ST JOHNSTONE 0-1 CELTIC Nadir Ciftci's early second-half goal is enough to seal a hard-fought victory in Airdrie. (MH)
88 Simpson sees yellow for a late challenge on Miller.
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89 Blackett fizzes the resultant free-kick over.
86 Hendry lashes a shot wide from distance. Celtic still leading 1-0.
81 Murray takes a diagonal pass down in the box. He gets his shot away but it flies over.
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84 McKenzie drops Blackett's cross but the Saints clear before Miller can profit. Archibald then has a shot blocked.
74 Hunter curls a shot on target but Fasan is well positioned to make the save.
72 From another St Johnstone free-kick, the ball falls to Page, who drills a low shot on target, but Fasan is equal to it.
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69 Fasan makes a low save from Thomson's shot.
67 Rasping long-range drive from Page flashes wide of Leo Fasan's post. Celtic still hold a narrow 1-0 advantage.
61 Final change from the Bhoys sees Ciftci replaced by Miller.
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60 However, suddenly, the Perth side break and Fasan has to make a smart save from Craig Thomson's shot.
59 Celtic operating at a higher tempo in the second half as a good cross from Archibald finds no takers.
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57 Ciftci caught by Jason Kerr on the edge of the area and Celtic have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
55 At the other end, a great save from Fasan denies Kerr, who had headed Caddis' free-kick on target.
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58 Blackett takes the free-kick, but the wall does its job for the home side. Boerrigter also exits the fray in place of Archibald.
Ciftci heads home in the box after a pinpoint cross from Hendry to put the young Hoops 1-0 up against St @St_Johnstone_FC
53 GOAL FOR CELTIC!!!!
48 Nice link up play from the Hoops, with Ciftci seeing a shot deflected wide. Higgins has also come on for Thomson for the second half.
51 Boerrigter flicks on McManus' cross but the ball whizzes wide of the far post.
49 From the resultant corner, the home side manage to scramble the ball clear despite the presence of Ciftci.
46 St Johnstone get the second half underway in Airdrie, with the score at 0-0.
45 Craig Thomson curls a shot over from the angle of the box for the Saints.
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42 Boerrigter gets away from his man and his drilled cross is fired wide by the onrushing Hendry.
43 Thomson and Boerrigter combine down the left, with the latter's low shot blocked by Page.
37 Ciftci inches away from Blackett's cross after a nice switch of play from McManus.
33 Hunter shoots well wide from distance after the Bhoys are robbed of possession.
28 Hendry's corner is flicked on by Boerrigter at the near post but there are no takers. Still 0-0 in Airdrie.
21 Hunter's angled shot trundles inches past the post after a St Johnstone attack down the right.
22 Hendry curls a shot on target at the other end, but McKenzie makes a comfortable save.
17 Purposeful run forward by Blackett. He picks out Hendry, who can't fashion room for the shot. Ciftci then has a shot blocked.
18 Boerrigter is inches away from Murray's cross as Celtic up the pressure.
15 Murray twists and turns in the box but his final effort is blocked, the ball spinning into McKenzie's arms.
14 Lovely switch of play from Thomson picks out Blackett and his inviting cross is almost converted by Murray.
11 Kelleher's pass is intercepted by Kerr and Hunter eventually fires over.
7 Boerrigter and Murray deliver crosses into the box, resulting in a corner. The set-piece is cleared.