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Celtic brought back down to earth at Parkhead

ESPN staff
November 11, 2012
Celtic were frustrated, following the heroics of midweek © PA Photos

Celtic appeared to be suffering a case of the Barcelona blues as they were held at home 1-1 by St Johnstone in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Parkhead.

There was a tangible sense of anti-climax inside Celtic Park following the Hoops' historic 2-1 Champions League home win over the Catalan giants on Wednesday night and even when substitute Tony Watt, on at the break for Miku, put the home side ahead they did not look convincing.

Saints, who had been recently thrashed 5-0 in the same venue in the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-finals, sensed a point was there for the taking and Nigel Hasselbaink levelled in the 76th minute to leave Celtic with two points from the last nine and two behind Hibernian at the top of the table.

That is because in the day's other game Hibernian kept up the pressure with a 2-1 victory over Dundee United.

Leigh Griffiths and Eoin Doyle gave the hosts a two goal lead before Gary Mackay-Steven pulled one back for United. A patchwork Hibs defence survived a few late scares to hold onto their advantage and win their third league game on the bounce.

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