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SAINTS AND WINNERS

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

And Tommy Wright will be looking for some of the same in Glasgow this afternoon.

In fact, the Perth outfit are the only domestic side to beat the six-in a-row champions during actual playing time in their last SIXTY-EIGHT outings.

The Hoops kicked off the home campaign with four successive wins over Hearts (4-1). Partick Thistle (1-0) and Kilmarnock (2-0) in the Premiership while overwhelming the Rugby Park side 5-0 in the Betfred League Cup.

Brendan Rodgers’ treble-winners completed last term with an unbeaten sequence of 47 matches in the Irishman’s first year in charge.

However, with Ronny Deila in the dug-out, they were defeated just once in a regulation game in his last 17 encounters before he made way for Rodgers last summer.

The Parkhead outfit went out of the Scottish Cup semi-final 5-4 on penalty-kicks to 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 St Johnstone triumphed 2-1 at McDiarmid Park.

Celtic went into that encounter on the back of an unbeaten run of 15 games.

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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