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Celtic Park (ATT 45,220) 21st September 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Muir

Celtic Celtic vs St Johnstone St J'stone

Celtic 2

T Pukki (11)
C Mulgrew (26)

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St J'stone 1

L Caddis (81)

Teemu Pukki marked his home debut with a goal as Celtic beat St Johnstone 2-1

Last Updated: 21/09/13 10:04pm

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Teemu Pukki: Scores on his Celtic debut

Teemu Pukki: Scores on his Celtic debut

Teemu Pukki marked his home debut with a goal as Celtic beat St Johnstone 2-1 to move level on points with Inverness at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

Celtic dominated from the off and their pressure was rewarded when the Finnish striker drove the ball low between the legs of defender Frazer Wright and keeper Alan Mannus in the 11th minute.

Adam Matthews stung the keeper's hands with a fierce drive in the 17th minute and Derk Boerrigter missed a golden chance to double the advantage three minutes later.

But the home fans were cheering again soon after when Charlie Mulgrew gave the Northern Ireland international no chance with a low drive from 25 yards in the 26th minute.

Celtic maintained their stranglehold on the game and Anthony Stokes and Boerrigter were both inches away from adding a third before half-time.

After the break Stokes strolled past two defenders and fired narrowly wide with Mannus well beaten as Celtic picked up where they left off.

But Saints came more into the game as the half wore on and in-form Stevie May headed over from close range after good work from David Wotherspoon on 67 minutes.

And they were rewarded for their pressure nine minutes from time when Liam Caddis held off the attention of Efe Ambrose to bundle home at the back post.

The nerves felt around the ground did nothing for the players' composure and the earlier domination was replaced by hesitancy which almost allowed Saints to leave Parkhead with a point.

With 90 minutes on the clock, May rattled the home post and Dave Mackay saw his follow-up saved superbly by Fraser Forster, who ensured the Hoops moved joint top after Inverness gave up their unbeaten record at Aberdeen.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Inverness CT 5 13
2 Hamilton Academical 5 12
3 Dundee United 5 12
4 St Johnstone 5 9
5 Celtic 4 7
6 Dundee 5 7
7 Kilmarnock 5 7
8 Aberdeen 4 6
9 Partick Thistle 4 4
10 Motherwell 5 3
11 St Mirren 4 0
12 Ross County 5 0