Celtic vs St Johnstone Predictions

Celtic vs St Johnstone predictions for Saturday’s Scottish Premiership affair. After the shocking defeat in League Cup against Kilmarnock, will Celtic be able to bounce back and get a win in the league or they will struggle more? Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

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Celtic vs St Johnstone Predictions


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Rodgers’ Celtic Eye Redemption Against Struggling St Johnstone

Key Stats
– Brendan Rodgers previously went 69 games without defeat in his first stint with Celtic.
– St Johnstone have not secured a win against Celtic since 2016, with their last two visits ending in 7-0 and 4-1 defeats.
– Liel Abada is emerging as a key player for Celtic under Rodgers, making him a top pick for goalscorer predictions.

Brendan Rodgers’ return to Celtic Park hasn’t been the triumphant resurgence fans might have hoped for. During his previous spell, Rodgers set a record of 69 games without a domestic defeat. Fast forward to today, and his team has faced defeat just three matches in. The recent loss at Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park last weekend means the dream of another treble has already evaporated.

Many had expected Celtic to face a challenge from Kilmarnock, given the latter’s strong start to the season. Yet, it was Celtic’s blunt attack and fragile defence that ended up being the most significant problems. Three consecutive games have now seen Rodgers’ men concede a goal.

A Crucial Clash

The next week’s anticipated trip to Ibrox looms, but before that, a struggling St Johnstone will visit Celtic Park. Rodgers will be keen to ensure that players like Cameron Carter-Vickers and Reo Hatate are fit and ready to take on this challenge.


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For St Johnstone, the season hasn’t been kind either. Not only have they been defeated by teams from the lower leagues such as Stenhousemuir, Ayr United, and Stirling Albion, but their Premiership journey has also been marred by losses to Hearts and Ross County. With upcoming fixtures against the titans of the Old Firm and a derby against Dundee, Steven MacLean’s men are under immense pressure.

Odds and Ends

Given St Johnstone’s dismal start, bookmakers see them as rank outsiders with staggering odds of 55/1 at BetVictor. In stark contrast, Celtic are favourites with odds of just 1/16 at the same firm. However, history paints a bleak picture for St Johnstone, who have not been able to secure a victory against Celtic since 2016.

Players to Watch Out For

In terms of individual talent, eyes will be on Liel Abada of Celtic. With a decent start and priced at 5/4 with BetVictor, he’s expected to make a mark. St Johnstone’s hope rests on the experienced Stevie May, who is currently priced at 17/2 for an anytime goal.


1. Match Outcome: Celtic (-2) to Win

While Celtic have enjoyed a sterling track record at home, St Johnstone’s campaign has, unfortunately, been marked by an underwhelming performance, making them prime candidates for a defeat at Parkhead. Rodgers and his team have experienced a near-flawless run in the SPFL Premiership, despite the hiccup against Kilmarnock. The home advantage coupled with their consistent form puts them in a favourable position. Conversely, St Johnstone, anchored at the bottom of the league table, have not had the best of starts this season, punctuated by their defeats to Stenhousemuir, Ayr United, and Stirling Albion in the League Cup.

Moreover, their history with Celtic, especially their last two journeys to Glasgow, culminating in 7-0 and 4-1 defeats, adds weight to the argument. The odds presented by bookmakers further solidify this stance, offering just 1/16 for a Celtic win. Based on recent performances and historical data, it’s a well-founded prediction that Celtic will seize the day and it is worth exploring the handicap market to get more interesting odds.

2. Correct Score: Celtic 3-0 St Johnstone

Analysing the recent forms of both teams offers some insightful data. Celtic’s offensive capabilities are evident, having netted 4 goals against Ross County and 3 against Aberdeen recently. Their defence has had vulnerabilities, but considering St Johnstone’s lacklustre attacking stats (with them failing to score in four of their last six matches), a clean sheet for Celtic seems plausible.

St Johnstone’s defence will undoubtedly be under pressure, given Celtic’s offensive potency. A 3-0 victory for Celtic appears a balanced prediction, taking into account the home team’s attacking flair and St Johnstone’s current struggles in both the attacking and defending departments.

3. Goalscorer Prediction: Liel Abada to Score

One of the most intriguing aspects of football predictions is selecting the player who might find the back of the net. In this face-off, Liel Abada stands out as a promising choice. Not only has he established himself as a regular starter under Rodgers, but his form also suggests a high possibility of him scoring. Abada’s recent  BettingTips4You Expert Rating) stands at an impressive 7.40, placing him among the top performers for Celtic.

Additionally, St Johnstone’s defensive vulnerabilities might offer Abada several opportunities to capitalise. Their recent stats, including conceding an average of two goals per game and having a defender committing an error leading to a goal, present a conducive environment for Celtic forwards like Abada to exploit. Given these factors, the prediction for Liel Abada to score during the match holds significant merit.


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Gram Dodd
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