St Johnstone striker Stevie May provided Celtic with a big favour yesterday and then admitted that beating us next week will be a tough ask.
Tommy Wright and Neil Lennon will lock horns at McDiarmid Park next Sunday in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals. It comes after a huge weekend in the Premiership as St Johnstone helped boost Celtic’s lead at the top by two more points.
Indeed, their 2-2 draw with Rangers coupled with Celtic’s 3-1 dismantling of Kilmarnock ensured that we went 12 clear of the Ibrox side at the top of the Premiership.
May was the hero for Saints against Rangers after nabbing a late equaliser. However, speaking to the BBC (23/02, 17:11), the striker was clearly realistic about his side’s chances.
“It is going to be a big one. It is obviously going to be a very tough task – it is going to take our best performance to get something out the game and progress.
“But, if we are ever going to play them in terms of our form, it is going to be now.”
Nothing suggests we’ll suffer like Rangers
Fair play to St Johnstone for what was a battling point against Steven Gerrard’s side yesterday. However, that shouldn’t lead to an expectation that they can do the same to us.
History suggests that Celtic won’t have any issue waltzing into McDiarmid Park and sealing progression to another Hampden semi-final.
Celtic haven’t conceded a goal against St Johnstone in any of our last seven games against them. In addition to that, Wright hasn’t beaten us in any of our previous 14 meetings. Their last win against Celtic came back in 2016 – the league title was already won by that point too (Fussball Datenbank).
Celtic’s goalscoring form against St Johnstone has also been incredible. We’ve scored 30 goals in our last nine against them alone, with 15 on our last four trips to McDiarmid.
May and co will surely know that the size of the task facing them next Sunday is sizably larger than what they were up against yesterday. However, Neil Lennon, as always, will be treating them with the utmost of respect come kick-off.