Premiership giants Celtic dropped further points in the league tonight after a 1-1 home draw against St. Johnstone. Although the Hoops controlled proceedings for a majority of the ninety, there weren’t too many spells over the course of the game where Celtic looked like they were going to score a goal. There was a general lethargy that seemed to run through the whole team today, with Callum McGregor and Christopher Jullien the only ones showing any kind of drive going forward. The visitors scored a surprise opener in the late stages, before Mohamed Elyounoussi equalised with his first touch after coming on.
Here Are The Celtic Player Ratings Vs St. Johnstone:
Celtic Player Ratings Vs St. Johnstone
Vasilis Barkas – 6
The only reason Barkas is among the highest rated players in the team today was due to the fact that he had nothing to do over the course of the fixture. Couldn’t have done much about the goal.
Nir Bitton – 4.5
The makeshift centre-half didn’t have too much to do in terms of defending, but he did make the odd interception at the back. Played some poor passes out from defence though.
Christopher Jullien – 6
The Frenchman was one of the Hoops’ best attacking threats on the pitch today, in a fact that should be perceived as an utter embarrassment by Celtic fans. Defended well when required to.
Kristoffer Ajer – 4
The young Norwegian’s questionable run of form continued on as he unusually struggled to maintain composure in possession. Played a few loose passes and never looked sharp enough.
Jeremie Frimpong – 5
The speedster, despite getting forward at times and delivering crosses, struggled to keep up with the pace of the game. Didn’t show determination to get back and defend either.
Ryan Christie – 5.5
The attacker produced some good touches in the final third of the pitch, although he needs to improve massively in terms of goal contributions. Wasn’t able to link up with Edouard anywhere near enough.
Scott Brown – 3.5
The Celtic skipper’s nightmare run in central midfield continued today as he failed to offer any sort of attacking intensity. Seemed to run into players in the engine room and didn’t defend well either.
Callum McGregor – 6
The midfielder looked the player likeliest to create something for Celtic in an attacking sense tonight, but the lack of energy and drive from the players around him meant that he had little impact.
Diego Laxalt – 5
The Uruguayan speedster looked sharp for the most part in the first-half, but he was taken off at half-time. Neil Lennon will be hoping and praying that the Milan loanee isn’t injured for the long-term.
Tom Rogic – 5.5
Like Christie, the attacker tried to make things happen in the final third, but he wasn’t helped out with his teammates’ positioning or determination. Wasn’t able to find that cutting edge in attack.
Odsonne Edouard – 5
The Frenchman moved the ball around sharply at times, but it’s safe to say that he struggled to affect the game. Forced one save out of the keeper but needs to offer more in the final third.
Greg Taylor – 5
The full-back was thrown on at half-time, but he offered very little in terms of attacking penetration after coming on. Defended well when required to do so though.
Leigh Griffiths – 4
Apart from a couple of touches in the final third, the second half substitute was nothing more than a spectator that Neil Lennon threw onto the pitch.
David Turnbull – 6.5
The youngster added a bit of much needed energy and industry in the middle of the park after coming on in the second half. Forced a good save with a strike from outside the box too.
Mohamed Elyounoussi – 6
The Norwegian came on and saved Neil Lennon’s blushes after scoring a looping header with his first touch of the game. Needs to start every match from here on in.