By Matt Farr

Football Insider rates the Celtic players during their narrow 1-0 victory over St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday.

Craig Gordon 6 – Rarely tested by the opposition, but was up to the task when called upon.

Kieran Tierney 7 – Enterprising bursts down the left-hand side. Defensively sound.

Cristian Gamboa 6 – Gave St. Johnstone little room to attack on the right-hand side. A good display.

Dedryck Boyata 8 – The 26-year-old fringe player worked very hard for his team. Impacted the game all-over the pitch. Bagged the game’s winning goal.

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Jozo Simunovic 6 – Little to do for the most part, did well to restrict clear-cut opportunities.

Scott Brown 7 – Dominated the midfield. Excellent display to mark landmark 400th appearance.

Nir Bitton 6 – Decent display. Good distribution and awareness.

Scott Sinclair 8 – Created chances. Hared past defenders with driving runs. Sharp and agile.

Stuart Armstrong 6 – A constant nuisance in the final-third. Had a quieter second-half.

James Forrest 6 – Had impressive moments, but failed to create that one game-changing opportunity.

Moussa Dembele 5 – Not at his incisive best. Wasted several decent opportunities.


Patrick Roberts 7 (for Forrest 63) – An immediate impact. Threatening from the outset. Sublime attacking play.

Leigh Griffiths 6 (for Dembele 75) – Little time to impact proceedings.

Erik Sviatchenko 6 (for Gamboa 83) – Brought on to maintain lead. Did just that.

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