St Johnstone vs Celtic: How to watch on TV live stream, team news, lineups & prediction

Celtic thumped St Johnstone 7-0 when the clubs last met in April
Celtic thumped St Johnstone 7-0 when the clubs last met in April / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

St Johnstone host league-leading Celtic in the Scottish top flight on Saturday lunchtime.

Both clubs suffered midweek defeats before their early kickoff this weekend. After collecting seven points from the previous nine available, the Saints lost their first league match since August away to Kilmarnock on Wednesday. On the same night, Celtic extended their winless start to the Champions League group stage against RB Leipzig.

Here's everything you need to know about the meeting between two sides itching to return to winning ways.

Where are St Johnstone vs Celtic playing?

  • Location: Perth, Scotland
  • Stadium: McDiarmid Park
  • Date: Saturday 8 October
  • Kick-off Time: 12:30 BST / 07:30 EST / 04:30 PST
  • Referee: Kevin Clancy

Where can you watch St Johnstone vs Celtic in the UK?

  • Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
  • Channel: Sky Sports Football
  • Streaming Service: NOW TV
  • Streaming Service: Sky Go
  • Broadcast Time: 11:30 (BST)

Where can you watch St Johnstone vs Celtic in The United States?

  • Streaming Service: Paramount+
  • Broadcast Time EST: 07:30
  • Broadcast Time PST: 04:30

Where can you watch St Johnstone vs Celtic Highlights?

  • Channel: BBC Sportscene
  • Stream: SPFL YouTube channel

St Johnstone vs Celtic H2H Results (Last Five Games)

St Johnstone: 0 Wins
Celtic: 5 Wins
Draws: 0

Current Form (Last Five Games)

St Johnstone: LWDWL
Celtic: LDLWL

St Johnstone team news

The baby-faced midfielder Cameron MacPherson is inching towards a return from a hamstring injury he suffered seven minutes into St Johnstone's 4-0 loss to Rangers in mid-August.

Chris Kane has been sidelined since January with damage to his knee cartilage. The striker isn't expected to return until mid-October, a similar timescale to Callum Booth's recovery from an Achilles tendon problem.

St Johnstone predicted lineup vs Celtic

St Johnstone Starting 11 (3-5-2): Matthews; Mitchell, Gordon, Considine; Brown, Hallberg, McGowan, Crawford, Brown; May, Clark.
Bench: Parish, Gallacher, Wotherspoon, O'Halloran, Mahon, Bair, McLennan, Kucheriavyi, Murphy.

Celtic team news

Celtic will be without their tempo-setting skipper Callum McGregor after the captain's 89th-minute red card against Motherwell last weekend. Fellow midfielder Aaron Mooy is a doubt after picking up a knock. However, the Australia international - along with Liel Abada and Cameron Carter-Vickers - isn't expected to be sidelined for an extended period of time.

Carl Starfelt (knee) and Yosuke Ideguchi (leg), conversely, aren't scheduled to return to action until mid-October at the earliest.

Celtic predicted lineup vs St Johnstone

Celtic Starting 11 (4-3-3): Hart; Juranovic, Welsh, Jenz, Taylor; O'Riley, Abildgaard, Hatate; Forrest, Furuhashi, Jota.
Bench: Siegrist, Bain, Haksabanovic, Turnbull, Bernabei, Maeda, Ralston, McCarthy, Giakoumakis.

St Johnstone vs Celtic score prediction

Celtic had their unbeaten run in the Scottish top flight ended one day short of an entire year on their last outing away from home. The Glasgow giants haven't lost consecutive league matches on the road since three defeats on the spin in the late summer of 2021.

Up against a side that struggles to hold onto the ball and create notable openings against the rest of the division, Celtic are heavy favourites to avoid another upset on unfamiliar turf despite a glut of injuries peppered throughout their team.

Prediction: St Johnstone 0-2 Celtic