Celtic vs St Johnstone: Teams named for Premiership clash at Parkhead

Celtic are looking to go back top while St Johnstone can potentially move seven clear of playoff spot.

Celtic vs St Johnstone: Teams named for Premiership clash at Parkhead SNS Group

Brendan Rodgers and Craig Levein have named their starting line-ups for the Premiership clash between Celtic and St Johnstone.

The champions have a chance to go back top of the league if they can take all three points on Saturday afternoon with Rangers not in action until Sunday when they travel to Dundee.

Meanwhile the Saints are looking to put some breathing space between themselves and the relegation playoff positions.

Celtic are currently two points behind the Ibrox side with nine games to go in the race for the title so a win will put them a point ahead before eyes turn to Dens Park.

St Johnstone are four points ahead of second bottom side Ross County who host third placed Hearts.

A win for Levein’s side at Celtic Park could even give them an outside chance of a top six spot with three games to go before the split.

They currently sit seven points behind sixth placed Dundee.

The Hoops are looking to get back to winning ways in the league after losing their last Premiership match away to Hearts two weeks ago.

Captain Callum McGregor is still missing as is Reo Hatate and Liam Scales has been added to the injury list but Cameron Carter-Vickers returns to the line-up after missing out in last week’s Scottish Cup victory over Livingston.

The USA defender will skipper the side with Kyogo Furuhashi also returning to the starting line-up in the place of Adam Idah.

Rodgers has started with Joe Hart in goals behind a defence of Alistair Johnston, Carter-Vickers, Stephen Welsh and Greg Taylor.

A midfield trio of Tomoki Iwata, Matt O’Riley and Paulo Bernardo will look to support a front three of Nicolas Kuhn, Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda, who scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 win over Livi.

St Johnstone have started with Dimitar MItov in goals behind a backline of Andrew Considine, Liam Gordon, Ryan McGowan, David Keltjens and Luke Robinson.

Daniel Phillips, Sven Sprangler, Matthew Smith and Graham Carey are supporting lone frontman Adama Sidibeh.

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