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CELTIC: ONE LOSS IN 79

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ST JOHNSTONE were the last the Scottish team to inflict a defeat on Celtic – SIXTY-FOUR games ago!

In fact, the Perth outfit are the only domestic side to beat the champions during actual playing time in their last 79 outings.

Brendan Rodgers’ Invincibles have gone 62 matches without a loss following yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock at Parkhead.

However, with Ronny Deila in the dug-out, the Hoops were defeated just once in a regulation game in his last 17 encounters before he made way for the Irishman in May 2016.

The Parkhead outfit went out of the Scottish Cup semi-final 5-4 on penalty-kicks to Sevco Rangers in April last year, but the result in the record books show it as a 2-2 draw after extra-time.

St Johnstone were the last of the Scottish opposition to actually turn over the Bhoys during the allotted playing time and that was on May 11, 2016 when they triumphed 2-1 at McDiarmid Park.

Celtic went into that encounter on the back of an unbeaten run of 15 games. Their only previous loss had come in a 2-1 reverse from Aberdeen at Pittodrie on February 3.

A goal from Graham Cummins 13 minutes from time gave the Perth outfit the points, but Deila’s men had already wrapped up the club’s fifth successive championship two games earlier with a 3-1 victory over Hearts at Tynecastle on April 2.

They completed the season with a 7-0 romp against Motherwell.

The last Celtic team to lose in actual play was: Bailly; Janko (sub: Ralston 74), Ambrose, Sviatchenko, Izaguirre; Johansen (sub: Bitton 66), McGregor; Roberts, Allan (sub: Rogic 80), Christie; Griffiths.

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