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Celtic 5-0 St Johnstone: Scott Sinclair scores treble as holders reach quarters

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Goals: Celtic 5-0 St Johnstone

Scott Sinclair scored a hat-trick and Scott Brown netted his first goal in two years as holders Celtic eased past St Johnstone and into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.

In the third meeting of the Premiership sides in 12 days, Brendan Rodgers' men were two up inside nine minutes thanks to Sinclair and Brown's stunner.

James Forrest, then Sinclair, scored within two minutes of each other just after the break. And Sinclair completed his hat-trick when he latched on to a deflection in the St Johnstone box.

Celtic have now won 24 consecutive domestic cup games under Rodgers as they aim for an unprecedented 'treble-treble'.

This season, in six cup ties, they have scored 16 and conceded just once.

Celtic earned hard-fought 2-0 wins in each of the previous two meetings, both in the league, but this time the Perth side offered little, apart from a Chris Kane effort that Scott Bain saved.

Tommy Wright's side struggled to deal with Oliver Burke, who burst into space and crossed for each of Sinclair's first two goals.

Brown lashed high into the net on the eve of the second anniversary of his last goal - in a 6-0 thrashing of Inverness CT in the same competition.

And Forrest made no mistake from a slight angle after Jonny Hayes' marauding run.

Celtic were in front through Scott Sinclair inside the first three minutes
Celtic were in front through Scott Sinclair inside the first three minutes

'Celtic never let up' - analysis

Former Celtic & St Johnstone midfielder Paul Hartley on Sportsound

From the first minute to the 90th, Celtic never let up their pace, their tempo, their intensity and their quality. When you come here you have the game plan - stay in it, don't concede early - but when you're 2-0 down after nine minutes and you're really chasing it, it's damage limitation.

Dumbarton manager Jim Duffy on Sportsound

People thought it might be a little bit more difficult for Celtic today, but they started so well. From the first time they touched the ball, it was over 20 passes before St Johnstone got it back, and they just kept at it the whole game. Although Zander Clark didn't have many saves to make, Celtic just kept interchanging and the variety of play and their decision-making was brilliant.

'Burke has huge potential' - reaction

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: "I said to the players that this would reveal the mentality of them, and to show that level of concentration was very good.

"Oliver Burke has huge potential. He's just getting back used to playing again, but I thought his running ability was frightening really."

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "We were beaten by a far better team, and we've been beaten three times now by a team that are far better; a team that costs millions.

"Celtic had every player on it, and we lose because we don't start the game well. We'll learn from it, the key thing is that we don't let three defeats from Celtic in a short space of time affect our season."

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 29Bain
  • 2Toljan
  • 20Boyata
  • 5SimunovicSubstituted forAjerat 45'minutes
  • 15HayesBooked at 73mins
  • 8Brown
  • 42McGregor
  • 49Forrest
  • 17ChristieSubstituted forEdouardat 62'minutes
  • 11Sinclair
  • 25BurkeSubstituted forWeahat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gordon
  • 6Bitton
  • 22Edouard
  • 23Lustig
  • 30Weah
  • 35Ajer
  • 73Johnston

St Johnstone

  • 1Clark
  • 19Foster
  • 15Kerr
  • 5Shaughnessy
  • 3Tanser
  • 27GossSubstituted forWattat 45'minutes
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 8DavidsonSubstituted forCallachanat 67'minutes
  • 26Craig
  • 33KennedySubstituted forKeownat 60'minutes
  • 9Kane

Substitutes

  • 4Alston
  • 11Swanson
  • 12Bell
  • 17O'Halloran
  • 28Callachan
  • 31Keown
  • 32Watt
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
28,404

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away1
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 5, St. Johnstone 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 5, St. Johnstone 0.

Attempt blocked. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 5, St. Johnstone 0. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Timothy Weah (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jason Kerr.

Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Niall Keown.

Attempt blocked. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Jonny Hayes (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jonny Hayes (Celtic).

Tony Watt (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Niall Keown.

Jonny Hayes (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ross Callachan (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Ross Callachan replaces Murray Davidson.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Timothy Weah replaces Oliver Burke because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (St. Johnstone).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Odsonne Edouard replaces Ryan Christie.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Tanser.

Attempt blocked. Jeremy Toljan (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Niall Keown replaces Matthew Kennedy.

Foul by Jonny Hayes (Celtic).

David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ryan Christie (Celtic) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 4, St. Johnstone 0. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Burke.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 3, St. Johnstone 0. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Hayes.

Attempt saved. Oliver Burke (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Jonny Hayes (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone).

Jonny Hayes (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone).

Foul by Scott Sinclair (Celtic).

David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Celtic).

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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