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Celtic score late on to down dogged St Johnstone in Perth

Ryan Christie got the winner as Celtic booked their place at Hampden Park in the Scottish Cup last four.

Celtic score late on to down dogged St Johnstone in Perth SNSGroup

Celtic left it late as they netted in the last nine minutes to win their Scottish Cup quarter-final against St Johnstone.

A Ryan Christie free-kick appeared to evade everyone in the box before nestling into the net beyond goalkeeper Zander Clark.

The home side performed heroically in Perth and had their chances, with Stevie May coming close just minutes before Christie’s goal.

The former Aberdeen striker got on the end of a cutback in the penalty area but Kristoffer Ajer did well to block his shot.

Celtic dug deep to get the winner in the 81st minute, with Christopher Jullien initially claiming a touch, however, the goal will likely be attributed to Christie.

It means the Scottish Cup holders are the last team to enter the last four of this year’s competition.