The highlight of Steven MacLean’s six-month stint as St Johnstone manager was earning a draw at Celtic Park in August. His team defended for most of the match but had chances to snatch all three points in the second half.
It was a rare positive note for the Perth side before MacLean was emptied out five weeks ago. Since then, they beat Kilmarnock, drew with Motherwell and beat Ross County, all at home, before losing 1-0 at Tynecastle last weekend. All but the first of those results were achieved under Craig Levein, who appears to be this decade’s Mark McGhee – picking up jobs no one can quite believe.
My biggest concern last weekend was the lack of urgency we showed against Motherwell. After an initial flurry which failed to produce a goal, Celtic’s passing was too passive. We have our finest goalscorer in many years, who is growing stale on a lack of service. Get this right tomorrow or risk more dropped points. We don’t want to provide too many season highlights to St Johnstone.