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

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

Scott Sinclair’s first two goals were set up by Oliver BurkeScott 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…


Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair’s first two goals were set up by Oliver Burke

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.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 29Bain
  • 2Toljan
  • 20Boyata
  • 5SimunovicSubstituted forAjerat45′minutes
  • 15HayesBooked at 73mins
  • 8Brown
  • 42McGregor
  • 49Forrest
  • 17ChristieSubstituted forEdouardat62′minutes
  • 11Sinclair
  • 25BurkeSubstituted forWeahat67′minutes

Substitutes

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

St Johnstone

  • 1Clark
  • 19Foster
  • 15Kerr
  • 5Shaughnessy
  • 3Tanser
  • 27GossSubstituted forWattat45′minutes
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 8DavidsonSubstituted forCallachanat67′minutes
  • 26Craig
  • 33KennedySubstituted forKeownat60′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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