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Celtic frustrated by late St Johnstone strike

ESPN staff
February 19, 2013
Celtic were held to a draw at McDiarmid Park © PA Photos

A late strike by substitute Nigel Hasselbaink gave St Johnstone an unlikely share of the spoils against Celtic in their Scottish Premier League clash at McDiarmid Park.

In the 37th minute of a first-half controlled by the champions, defender Efe Ambrose scored his second goal in two games after costing the Hoops twice in their 3-0 Champions League last-16 defeat against Juventus a week ago.

The Perth side, who had deprived Celtic of five points in their previous two meetings this season, made a better fist of the second-half and had the ball in the net twice, only to see both efforts ruled out for offside but with eight minutes remaining Hasselbaink, on for Rowan Vine, curled a fantastic shot past Fraser Forster to stun the Parkhead side.

Celtic will still win the title after going 19 points clear of Motherwell but manager Neil Lennon will be unhappy with the dropping of two points in a game that should have been over by the interval.

In the evening's other game, Dundee United spoiled James McFadden's Motherwell return as they recorded an impressive win at Fir Park.

Johnny Russell netted the only goal of the game after 17 minutes and despite piling on the pressure during the second half the hosts were unable to come up with a response.

McFadden - who will be with the club for the rest of the season - made a late appearance from the bench, however he could not prevent Motherwell falling to their first home defeat of 2013.

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