CELTIC maintained their seven-point advantage at the Premiership pinnacle when their nearest challengers toppled to a 2-1 loss to St Johnstone in Perth this afternoon.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s struggling Ibrox outfit blew the chance to cut the gap back to four after the champions made certain of a win against Dundee United yeterday when they staged a remarkable comeback to triumph 4-2.
The encounter against the Tayside club was locked at 2-2 heading into stoppage time when Kyogo Furuhashi headed in the third and Liel Abada finished the job with a cute finish for the fourth. Sead Haksabanovic claimed the other two in the first-half.
However, there was no such fightback qualities from their Glasgow neighbours as they couldn’t recover from being a goal down at half-time following a ferocious strike from defender james Brown who celebrated his first-ever goal for the Saints.
Ex-Gers hitman Nicky Clark got what proved to be the winner afer the interval when he clipped in a cutback from the left by Stevie May.
James Tavernier pulled one back in the 75th minute, but there was to be no dramatic revival against a Perth club that started with on-loan Celt Adam Montgomery at left-back.
Ironically, the Man of the Match was former Parkhead prospect Graham Carey who was excellent until he was replaced minutes from the end.